Today's headlines also include coverage of other health law issues, such as student health plans and the health care workforce.
The New York Times: To Open Eyes, W-2s List Cost Of Providing A Health Plan
As workers open their W-2 forms this month, many will see a new box with information on the total cost of employer-sponsored health insurance coverage. To some, it will be a surprise, perhaps even a shock. Workers often have little idea how much they and their employers are paying for coverage. ... The new information appears in Box 12 of the standard W-2 form, with a two-letter code, DD. The box shows the "cost of employer-sponsored health coverage." And that amount is not taxable (Pear, 1/29).
Politico: The Invisible Health-Care Panel
A panel charged with helping devise solutions to the nation's health care workforce crisis is having a workforce crisis of its own: It hasn't been funded, and it's never met. Created by Congress nearly three years ago under the health care law, the panelists were appointed, but that's about as far as it has gone. The lack of action was noted at a hearing Tuesday of a subcommittee of the Senate Special Committee on Aging (Cheney, 1/30).
CQ Healthbeat: Shortage Of Primary Care Doctors Seen As A Problem For Health Care Law
Congress should consider increased payments and other ways to bolster the primary care physician workforce before next year's expansion of health care insurance coverage, witnesses told a Senate panel Tuesday. The current shortage of primary care physicians will only increase as an estimated 30 million people join the ranks of the insured under the 2010 health care overhaul the witnesses said (Ethridge, 1/29).
Kaiser Health News: Q&A: Contraception Coverage Under The Health Law
Consumer columnist Michelle Andrews answers a reader's question about the health law's provision on no-cost birth control (Andrews, 1/30).