KHN Morning Briefing

Summaries of health policy coverage from major news organizations

Consumers Still Have Questions About How They Will Fare Under Health Law

The Los Angeles Times and Kaiser Health News answer health law inquiries.

Los Angeles Times: Obamacare Q & A: Will My Plan Skyrocket? How Will The Unemployed Pay?
During its first week, California's insurance exchange received nearly 60,000 calls from consumers and about 1 million Web visitors. Despite numerous technical glitches, federal officials say 8 million people logged on last week to their online exchange for 36 states not running their own marketplace. This rollout has prompted many questions from people about what President Obama's Affordable Care Act will mean for them.  Here are some answers (Terhune, 10/10).

Kaiser Health News: A Reader Asks: My Coverage Is Intermittent. Can I Do Better On The Marketplace?
Kaiser Health News consumer columnist Michelle Andrews answers a question from a contract worker looking for more consistent coverage (Andrews, 10/11).

Helpful resource page from KHN: What Obamacare Means For You

Meanwhile, in news related to health law policies playing out in the marketplace -

Bloomberg: Enrolling In The Ultimate Obamacare ETF
It just may be the ultimate play on Obamacare. The $55 million SPDR S&P Health Care Services exchange-traded fund (XHS) holds insurers, hospitals, clinics, rehab centers and nursing homes -- all of which are about to get more paying customers from an injection of billions of dollars a year in a variety of new taxes (Balchunas, 10/10).

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