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Should pizza be restricted to "save us from ourselves?" Answers and more in our Daily Briefing.

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Well, here we go! In a historic 219-212 vote late Sunday night, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a $914 billion health reform package extending health coverage to as many as 32 million Americans

The Washington Post's Shailagh Murray and Lori Montgomery summed up the legislation's enormous significance in the ultimate nut graf:

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Here's a recap of the latest developments on the health reform front, along with some helpful resources and story ideas for your community.

March 21, 2010, 10 p.m. PST

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ReportingonHealth’s Antidote blogger, William Heisel, recently posted his 10 favorite stories of the year. Most of them had an investigative bent. Now, it’s my turn.

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Not exactly about health issues but it is about the racial disparity in another field. It was shelved for about two months by the editor before it got published. So some information seems a bit outdated. But the basic idea is still there.

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We continue our 5-part series on the high cost of health care in America.

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New Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius today released a new report on health disparities showing that:

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Larry Levitt is vice president for special projects at the Kaiser Family Foundation. Previously, he was the organization's vice president for communications and online information and editor in chief of KaiserNetwork.org, the Foundation's online health policy news and information service. He previously served as director of the Foundation's Changing Health Care Marketplace Project. Before joining the Foundation, Mr. Levitt was a senior manager with the Lewin Group, where he advised public and private sector clients on health policy and financing issues.

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Judith Stein founded the Center for Medicare Advocacy, Inc. in 1986. She is currently the Executive Director. Ms. Stein has focused on legal representation of the elderly since beginning her legal career in 1975. From 1977 until 1986, Ms. Stein was the Co-Director of Legal Assistance to Medicare Patients (LAMP) where she managed the first Medicare advocacy program in the country. She has extensive experience in developing and administering Medicare advocacy projects, representing Medicare beneficiaries, producing educational materials, teaching and consulting.

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Daniel Perry is the president and chief executive officer of the not-for-profit Alliance for Aging Research in Washington, D.C. Founded in 1986, the Alliance is the nation's leading citizen advocacy organization for promoting a broad agenda of medical and scientific research to improve the health and independence of older Americans. Mr. Perry's background spans a wide range of health policy, governmental, political and journalistic experience. Mr. Perry held staff positions for more than a dozen years on Capitol Hill, including special assistant to the Majority Whip of the U.S. Senate.

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