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The health insurance marketplaces offer consumers a multitude of options, but sorting out which plan bests suit their needs can be a slog. That’s especially true when it comes to figuring out whether a particular doctor is part of a plan’s network, since the directories are famously unreliable.

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Why more twins are being born, "disappeared" drug study results, and a surprising HPV vaccine study, plus more from our Daily Briefing.

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When a major insurance company goes under in California's strained healthcare system, the reverberations run deep.

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Richard Thomason is the program officer for health care and coverage at the Blue Shield of California Foundation. He was principal consultant for Assembly Majority Leader Dario Frommer. Frommer led the fight to improve access to health care and higher education in California. He introduced key legislation addressing California's ailing health care system, including bills to expand health care coverage to working Californians, rein in runaway health care costs and increase Californians' access to affordable, lifesaving prescription drugs.

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Castulo de la Rocha, J.D., is president and chief executive officer of AltaMed Health Services Corp. in Los Angeles. He has been a community health leader for more than two decades. He is a member of the executive committee of the Latino Coalition for a Healthy California; the Latino Issues Forum; AIDS ACTION; the "I Have a Dream Foundation," and the National Association of Community Health Centers, Inc.

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It started on March 20, 2006, with what I thought was a one-shot story about the health care language gap. Two and a half years later, I am still writing follow-ups (more than 40 articles in all) about the story behind the original story — the long-hidden practice of some insurers of retroactively canceling policyholders with large medical bills.

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