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Next week, the Senate Finance and House Ways and Means committees are expected to vote on a proposal that would permanently repeal the Sustainable Growth Rate formula. Hopes were high for legislation to pass this year because estimates for the cost of such legislation were far lower than in previous years, but time is dwindling on the legislative calendar and committee members are scrambling to put together a short-term fix. Politico Pro et al.
A new Harvard Institute of Politics poll finds that fewer than one in three young, uninsured adults plans to purchase coverage through the Affordable Care Act's health insurance exchanges. Meanwhile, a Gallup poll finds that 28% of young, uninsured adults intend to pay the penalty rather than comply with the ACA's individual mandate. New York Times' "In Practice" et al.
Data released by the California Department of Public Health find that the number of hospital-acquired infections -- such as MRSA and central line infections -- at state health care facilities decreased slightly from 2011 to 2012. The report attributes the drop in central line infections in part to hand washing and other efforts to reduce such infections. Payers & Providers.
A poll by the Public Policy Institute of California finds that 44% of state residents support the Affordable Care Act, while 44% oppose it. Meanwhile, 72% of uninsured Californians ages 18 to 44 said they likely will purchase insurance under the law, compared with 51% of uninsured respondents age 45 and older. San Jose Mercury News et al.
Certain Democratic lawmakers in California want an Affordable Care Act website developed by the Assembly GOP Caucus taken down, saying it contains misleading information. A spokesperson for the caucus says that the group still supports it and that the Assembly Rules Committee has approved mailers directing people to the site. Sacramento Bee, Los Angeles Times' "PolitiCal."
The effort highlights popular parts of the overhaul and how it advances President Barack Obama's vision of upward mobility and economic security.
The 18-35-year-old demographic is seen as key to achieving stability in the new online insurance marketplaces. But reaching this group is no easy task -- their interest and support for the health law appears to be waning.
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That total exceeds the number who enrolled during the entire month of October, demonstrating that recent fixes have made the website easier to use.
The Associated Press reports on this development.
News outlets examine issues ranging from ambulance costs to hospital observation services.
A selection of editorials and opinions on health care from around the country.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is exempting some of his staff from buying health care coverage on the health law's exchanges, a move the law allows but one that few if any top congressional leadership figures have made. Elsewhere, Rep. Darrel Issa says healthcare.gov could cost $1 billion when the site is finally fully operational.
Lawmakers may be giving up for this year on permanently fixing how Medicare pays doctors as lawmakers propose another patch to temporarily fix the Sustainable Growth Rate. The Ways and Means Committee, however, is readying to markup a bill next week that would permanently fix the SGR.
The federal government has been unable to transfer full Medicaid applications to the 36 states participating in healthcare.gov, potentially leaving some who sign up for Medicaid without coverage. The administration says it will send states partial files for processing, but some state officials are balking. Other Medicaid developments in Wisconsin, Virginia, Georgia, Florida and Texas are also covered.
Californians are split on support for the health law. In the meantime, other polls show 66 percent of the uninsured are planning on getting coverage and that the young are more likely to get insured, despite the popular notion that they would shun coverage.
A selection of health policy stories from South Carolina, Louisiana, Texas, Kansas, Missouri, Colorado and California.
The Wall Street Journal explores out-of-pocket drug costs in plans offered on the health law's exchanges. Other stories probe so called "aggregation rules" that could affect some small businesses and the law's potential impact on safety-net hospitals and clinics.
News outlets in Wisconsin and Minnesota report increases in applications for coverage through new online marketplaces. But baby boomers, as opposed to so-called "young invincibles," dominate sign-ups in Colorado, while in California, Democratic lawmakers worry a lookalike website set up by Republican lawmakers will lead some applicants astray.
This week's reading comes from Slate, The New Yorker, Quartz, The Atlantic and ProPublica.