Capsules: During Confirmation Hearing, Burwell Pledges Support For CHIP; IRS Urged To Broaden Preventive Coverage In High-Deductible Plans

Now on Kaiser Health News’ blog, Mary Agnes Carey writes about Sylvia Mathews Burwell's comments about CHIP: “Advocates of the Children’s Health Insurance Program cheered Thursday when President Obama’s choice to head the Department of Health and Human Services said she supports continued funding for the program, which covers about 8 million low-income children whose families’ income exceeds Medicaid’s eligibility guidelines” (Carey, 5/9).

Also on Capsules, Julie Appleby reports on efforts to broaden preventive coverage in high-deductible plans: "High deductible health plans paired with tax-free savings accounts — increasingly common in job-based insurance and long a staple for those who buy their own coverage – pose financial difficulties for people with chronic health problems. That’s because they have to pay the annual deductible, which could be $1,250 or more, before most of their medications and other treatments are covered" (Appleby, 5/9). Check out what else is on the blog.

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