89% of uninsured Americans unaware of next open enrollment period; Sen. Paul wants to take the government out of the ACA;

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> With open enrollment less than a month away, nine in 10--or 89 percent--of uninsured Americans are unaware of when it begins, according to a new tracking poll from the Kaiser Family Foundation. Poll

> Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) believes that in order to fix the broken healthcare reform law, it's time to get the government out of the mess, and call in a doctor ... such as himself, reports The Hill. Article

> Regulators at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced plans to use the risk-adjustment program to shift cash from insurers with low-risk individuals to insurers with high-risk individuals. Report (.pdf)

Health Finance News

> Medicaid enrollment has surged between October 2013 and the end of this August, rising by nearly 9 million overall. That has boosted total enrollment in the Medicaid program by 14.7 percent. Article

> Group purchasing giant VHA has created a new division serving hospitals specifically in the Midwest. The VHA has created Mid-American Service Solutions, which is focused on Midwestern acute care facilities and has about 120 in its purchasing group altogether, the Topeka Capital-Journal reported. Article

And finally … Equal parts funny and not funny. Satire