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Health insurance in the United States

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As health care costs continue to rise, Paromita Pain explores other options - including preventative strategies and co-ops - for corporations and individuals.

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Sometimes having too many choices leads to bad decision-making. As political candidates and policymakers toy with the idea of "consumer-driven" health care, it's worthwhile to look at a body of research in behavioral economics. Multiple choices may lead to confusion and poor choices....

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Consumers are not so much interested in the political implications of the Supreme Court’s ruling on the Affordable Care Act, as they are in knowing how it affects them directly and what insurance will cost.

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New medical ethics on health costs, a failed biomed research center, and key 2012 dates for health reform, plus more from our Daily Briefing.

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A grim future for California's adult day health centers, Groupon's move into health care, colon cancer deaths on the decline and more from our Daily Briefing.

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Some local entrepreneurs have been stunned because they failed to meet all the rules for the small-business tax credits in last year's highly vaunted federal health care law to help cover their health care costs.

Despite their disappointment, they're hopeful that another part of the law, which kicks in three years from now, is well worth waiting for.

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Janna Rodriguez, one of the owners of J&R Tacos in Merced, wants to learn more about the specific provisions in the federal health care law designed to help small businesses such as hers. Her restaurant, which opened almost five years ago, employs eight part-time employees — and none of them receive health care benefits.

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Who will be the winners and losers amid health reform's planned expansion of Medicaid? In her reporting, Danielle Ivory finds shifting power dynamics and unexpected financial risks for insurers. 

 

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