Today’s Headlines: ACA Confusion, Donated Artificial Limbs for Boston Victims, and More

Poll Shows Widespread Confusion, Misinformation About ACA: A new poll released Tuesday found widespread confusion and misinformation about the Affordable Care Act across the US. For example, over 40% of those surveyed believed the ACA was no longer a law. The new Kaiser Family Foundation poll demonstrates “what a challenge the Obama administration faces in implementing its signature health-care law.” Specifically, the survey found that “fewer than 6 in 10 Americans know that the Obamacare law is still on the books. Seven percent think the Supreme Court struck it down; 12 percent say Congress repealed Obamacare.” To sum it up, “before a deluge of public outreach, set to begin this summer, kicks off,” Americans “do not know a lot” about the law. (Washington Post)

Monster Energy Drink Attempts to Block San Francisco Effort to Restrict Serving Sizes: Monster Beverage Corp. is suing to stop San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera’s efforts to restrict the company’s energy drinks. The company argues the effort to cap serving sizes, limit marketing, and implement other curbs is illegal because the regulations are a Federal matter. The company also argues it is being unfairly singled out, as its rivals and coffee shops sell drinks with similar or greater levels of caffeine. Herrera sent Monster’s attorneys a letter offering the conditions as part of a settlement of the city’s investigation. (Wall Street Journal)

Boston Bombing Victims Promised Help in Paying for Artificial Limbs: The American Orthotic & Prosthetic Association pledged it will supply prosthetic limbs to the Boston bombing victims who do not have the “adequate insurance to cover the costs.” According to AOPA members, a “prosthetic limb can cost anywhere from $8,000 to $60,000, depending on what’s needed,” but many policies place a cap at $2,500 or $5,000, said the Virginia-based Amputee Coalition. Prostheses typically need to be replaced every 5 to 7 years, compounding costs. (USA Today)