Fast forward a bit, and we learn that EA is still a bit less than forthcoming about its role in the train wreck:
"Jessica Barba Brown, national communications director at Enroll America, says the exchange promotion team now has a staff of 130 and about 3,000 registered volunteers ... The campaign organizers said the Get Covered America campaign is a "metric-focused" organization but declined to discuss numerical goals for their outreach efforts."
So what, exactly, are those "tens of millions of dollars" doing? Inquiring minds want to know.
■ The Gem State, which had initially opted to design and run its own Exchange, has run into a spot of trouble:
"Idaho will be relying on the federal health insurance exchange for at least a year while it develops its own"
Turns out that they took a little too long in getting their Exchange planned out, let alone implemented.
■ Most folks love their chocolate, and now there's another reason to rejoice in the confection:
"In a study published [recently] in the journal Neurology, researchers reported that chocolate may help improve brain health and thinking skills in the elderly"
Some words of caution, though: the benefits appeared to accrue only to those who were already at higher risk of dementia, and it's not clear how long the affects actually last. But hey, it's a tasty way to potentially decrease one's risk of dementia.
■ FoIB Jeff M tips us to this news from the Tar Heel State:
"Triad Adult and Pediatric Medicine, Inc. will close its adult practice on S. Eugene St. in Greensboro on Aug. 30"
Now this might seem like a "local news story," but it's actually more significant: it affects some 20,000 patients, who will now have to find new health care providers. The bulk of these folks (70% or more) are currently uninsured. his means that, once they've bought their shiny new, government-mandated policies, they'll need to spend some quality time trying to find someone with whom to use them.
Good luck with that.