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Consumers Union invited me to speak at its Safe Patient Summit in Austin last week. The group of patient advocates, health care providers and reporters engaged in a fascinating discussion about how health care might become a more transparent industry and a less frightening and frustrating experience for those who are the victims of medical error or negligence.

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Here’s what we’re checking out today:

Health Insurance: Los Angeles’ City Attorney has sued national health insurer HealthMarkets and its financial backers, including Goldman Sachs Group, for selling “junk insurance” to consumers and businesses, Duke Helfand of the Los Angeles Times reports.

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Here’s what we’re checking out today:

Nutrition: Irony alert: Chicago public schoolchildren can’t eat the healthy, organic produce they grow in their school gardens because of rules that commercial growers don’t have to follow

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Q&A with  Blythe Bernhard and Jeremy Kohler: Uncovering a teen’s death and a troubled health system

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When a troubled teen whose parents have left her in the care of the foster system dies, she could easily be forgotten, a bureaucratic footnote in some annual report. Blythe Bernhard and Jeremy Kohler at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch have made certain that Alexis Evette Richie will be a name that resonates with federal regulators, hospital administrators and patient advocates for years to come.

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Even before the Supreme Court of Illinois pulled the rug out from under a patient safety law that allowed consumers to review malpractice histories for doctors, state Rep. Mary Flowers was looking for a way to repair the damage.

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Blythe Bernhard and Jeremy Kohler at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch have launched a series of stories called “Who protects the patients?”

The first in the series, http://www.stltoday.com/stltoday/news/stories.nsf/st

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