Capsules: Former Young Invincible Becomes Less So

Now on Kaiser Health News' blog, Sarah Varney, working in collaboration with NPR, reports: "When we last left Brad Stevens, he was living in Lakeport, California, a struggling massage therapist in a struggling town on the southern tip of Clear Lake. Brad has been uninsured his entire adult life .... After a bike accident which injured his shoulder and a battle with advanced thyroid cancer, Brad was anxious to enroll in some form of insurance – any kind of insurance – under the Affordable Care Act. ... The insurance broker had warned Brad about long wait times, but when he called the toll-free line for Covered California, the state’s insurance marketplace, Brad said, 'I waited four minutes. It was a piece of cake.'The operator didn’t offer to help him apply for Medi-Cal, and instead told Brad to call the social services office in Lake County. 'It wasn’t a one-stop shop'" (Varney, 3/31). See what else is on the blog.

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