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Database Flaws Cloud Sunshine On Industry Payments To Doctors
A federal website set to go live Tuesday will disclose drug and device companies' ties to doctors. The release marks a milestone, but could be misleading for patients checking up on their doctors.

In N.H. Race, A Rematch Of A Rematch
Voters in New Hampshire's 1st District have swung back and forth in recent congressional elections. This year, Democratic Rep. Carol Shea-Porter meets former GOP Rep. Frank Guinta for the third time.
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4 Years Of Lessons Learned About Drugmakers' Payments To Doctors
American doctors received at least $1.4 billion in payments from drug companies last year. What did the companies get for their money?
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Looking Back On Eric Holder's Time As Attorney General
Attorney General Eric Holder announced this week that he will be resigning. Justice correspondent Carrie Johnson speaks with NPR's Arun Rath about Holder's legacy and who will likely replace him.
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Debate Grows Over Employer Health Plans Without Hospital Benefits
A federal calculator that companies use to certify whether their health insurance complies with the Affordable Care Act appears to bless plans without hospital coverage.

Ex-Con, Future Congressman? Former Gov. Edwin Edwards Campaigns Again
The 87-year-old Louisiana Democrat, famous for his charm, his philandering and his shaky ethical standards, is out of federal prison — and making a bid for Congress in a heavily Republican district.
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To Prevent Repeat Hospitalizations, Talk To Patients
Part of each hospital's income now hinges on keeping patients with chronic conditions healthier outside the hospital. One medical center has hired nurses and social workers to act as health coaches.
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Insurance Brokers Key To Kentucky's Obamacare Success
Many brokers feared the new federal health law would make them obsolete. But more than 40 percent of people who signed up for insurance via Kentucky's state exchange used a broker.
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Avoid The Rush! Some ERs Are Taking Appointments
Nobody looks forward to sitting in the waiting room. So some hospitals are trying to improve customer satisfaction by offering online appointments. The pitch: "Wait for the ER from home."
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Which Catholics Offer Birth Control? Look To The Insurers
Catholic universities and hospitals argue they shouldn't have to offer contraceptive coverage, but many Catholic insurance companies have been making it available for years.
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Insight Examines Health Care in California

  • Insight: Syria Update / Corporations Using Medi-Cal? / Pet Tales / TC Boyle

    Wednesday, May 29, 2013

    UC Davis professor offers analysis on the latest news concerning Syria. Will a new bill keep large corporations from "dumping" their employees into Medi-Cal? Gina Spadafori offers tips for a stress-free vet visit. Author speaks in Sac this Friday.

  • Insight: Medicaid Block Grants

    Monday, August 20, 2012

    Paul Ryan's budget plan could change California's implementation of Medicaid and the Affordable Care Act. He wants states to use block grants instead of cost sharing. Dylan Roby of UCLA's Fielding School of Public Health helps dissect Ryan's plan.

  • Insight: California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones on the ACA

    Thursday, August 2, 2012

    Provisions of the Affordable Care Act, which was recently upheld by the Supreme Court, have just gone into effect. California's Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones talks about it and how it will benefit Californians.

  • Insight: Primary Care Physician Shortage

    Monday, July 16, 2012

    The Supreme Court's validation of the Affordable Care Act means 3 million more Californians will be needing primary care physicians by 2014, and California is facing a growing shortage of doctors.

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