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Health Care for a Changing Work Force

The New York Times

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America’s system of health care is based on an old industrial-era model, without taking into account a decentralized, mobile, independent workforce that remains largely unprotected without health and unemployment insurance. The Freelancers Insurance Company, based in New York State, offers comp...

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HealthCare.gov is busted. These four state exchanges aren't.

Washington Post

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Accessible affordable health care is needed for millions of uninsured Americans. The Affordable Care Act is a viable solution that helps the uninsured. Although the launching of the website had some glitches, many states designed their own insurance marketplace and have successfully signed up pe...

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Looking a Dangerous Disease in the Mouth

The New York Times

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Tooth decay affects children from all backgrounds, but it’s concentrated among low-income and rural populations, who have the most difficulty accessing and affording dental care. One approach gaining momentum in the United States to extend access to underserved groups is based on an idea that was...

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Obamacare in Jail: How San Francisco Policy Helps Inmates

KQED

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Health insurance sign-ups made available to all inmates at the San Francisco county jail, partnered with guidance from a clinic once they are on the outside, allows them to receive better care upon release, and may help prevent a return to crime and substance abuse.

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How Do We Know What Really Works in Healthcare?

Freakonomics

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Studying the outcomes of public health delivery can lack a scientific methodology. MIT economists have applied the methodology of randomized controlled trial (RCT) to study the effect of the Medicaid expansion plan in Oregon. These researchers look into how the new healthcare coverage affects cli...

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In Rwanda, Health Care Coverage That Eludes the U.S.

The New York Times

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Rwanda offers universal health coverage to its citizens, with a reported 25 percent having to pay no premiums. The system has allowed for great advances in health across the nation, with a dramatic rise in life expectancy—from 48 to 58 in the last 10 years.

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Overkill

The New Yorker

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An investigation reveals a startling percentage of medical procedures provided in the United States are unnecessary or inappropriate - harming patients physically as well as financially. This "profit-maximizing medical culture" can be countered by incentivizing health care facilities to eliminate...

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Philly-area firm leads the hospital-bill fight vs. the $500 Tylenol

NewsWorks

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With more and more Americans having to pay medical costs out of pocket, a small company out of Philadelphia called ELAP is on the front lines of the war against escalating charges. By helping overwhelmed patients to de-mystify and negotiate medical bills, they are ensuring patients get the best v...

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Reducing Early Elective Deliveries

The New York Times

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Reducing cases of early birth deliveries shouldn’t have been hard — at least, they should have been easier to change than many other harmful practices. But it was - until hospitals started introducing models for change, creating accountability and changing payment systems.

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Is Kansas really an Obamacare outlier? Here's why it might not be

Columbia Journalism Review

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The Affordable Care Act, implemented nationwide, allegedly increased the number of uninsured people in Kansas. However, new surveys are debunking the idea, showing that in the long run there has actually been a decline in the number.

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