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The 2014 Campaign Ads That You Just Can't Stop Replaying
States that could determine which party controls the Senate next year have been barraged for months with campaign ads. For better or for worse, here are some of the most noteworthy.
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More Insurers Put Spending Limits On Medical Treatments
To contain costs, some plans are capping how much they will pay for certain routine procedures, such as knee replacements. Patients can be on the hook for anything over the limit.

Hospitals Struggle To Beat Back Serious Infections
About 75,000 patients a year die from infections they caught in the hospital. A Kaiser Health News analysis finds that nearly 700 hospitals across the nation have higher than expected infection rates.
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Spike In ER, Hospital Use Short-Lived After Calif. Medicaid Expansion
Previous research found that going on Medicaid increased a poor person's use of costly emergency room visits. Now an analysis suggests that initial spike in ER visits quickly tapers off.

In Increasingly Red Louisiana, Democrat Landrieu Struggles To Hold On
The senator's opponents are tying her to President Obama's unpopular health care and other policies, while she tries to focus on how she's different. Her race will help decide control of the Senate.
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Health Premiums And Costs Set To Rise For Workers Covered At Work
As many companies provide employees with their coverage details this fall, premiums are expected to increase modestly. Surcharges for spousal coverage and health savings accounts are also on the rise.

Krugman: Obama More Transformative Than Clinton, Reagan
Robert Siegel talks with economist Paul Krugman about his Rolling Stone feature, "In Defense of Obama." He says Obama is one of the most consequential and successful presidents in American history.
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Restaurants Shave Calories Off New Menu Items
New menu items introduced by chain restaurants in 2013 contained 60 fewer calories, on average, than items on the menu in 2012. And that could be enough to make an impact on the obesity epidemic.
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Squaring Your Taxes And Your Health Insurance Subsidies
How can spouses divide the tax credits they receive when they buy different health plans from an insurance marketplace? And what do they tell the IRS?

Historian: FDR Was The Last Great President. Let's Never Have Another
In his new book, The End of Greatness, historian Aaron David Miller argues that the nation might be better off without any more truly great presidents — or the national crises that produce them.
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Visit the Kaiser Family Foundation's website, statehealthfacts.org for California health data

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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