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D.C. Health Care Exchange Website To Launch On Time, But Without Key Feature

D.C.'s new health care exchange will debut Tuesday, but will be missing a key feature.

The online marketplaces are a key part of President Obama's health care law. The District and 16 states are running their own exchanges, while other states are partnering with the federal government or leaving it to the feds entirely.

District officials said Wednesday that the new website, called D.C. Health Link, will not automatically determine whether applicants are eligible for Medicaid or for government subsidies to help pay for insurance.

Officials said the website was producing a high error rate when it tried to make those determinations itself. Instead, people can use the website to submit an online application for subsidies or Medicaid eligibility that will be evaluated offline by staff.

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Smithsonian Sets Phasers To Restore On Original Starship Enterprise

The Starship Enterprise — from the original Star Trek series — has gotten a restoration fit for a real life spacecraft. It goes on display this week at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum.
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Click For Fewer Calories: Health Labels May Change Online Ordering Habits

Will it be a hamburger or hummus wrap for lunch? When customers saw indications of a meal's calorie content posted online, they put fewer calories in their cart, a study finds.
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Jonathan Rauch On How American Politics Went Insane

Party insiders and backroom deals: One author on why we need to bring back old-time politics.

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Episode 5: Why 1986 Still Matters

In 1986, a federal official issued a warning: If Metro continued to expand rapidly, the system faced a future of stark choices over maintaining existing infrastructure. Metro chose expansion. We talk to a historian about that decision. We also hear from a former Metro general manager about the following years, and from an Arlington planner about measuring how riders are responding to SafeTrack.

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