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State Strategies For Controlling Medicaid Costs

Medicaid, the nation’s largest public health insurance program, serves nearly 60 million low income Americans. Under the Affordable Care Act another 15 million people with annual incomes below about $15,000 would be eligible to enroll. But last June the Supreme Court ruled that states were not required to expand Medicaid eligibility, and a number of states are now trying to find ways to reduce Medicaid expenses by choosing not to expand the rolls, improving efficiency of care, and making other changes to the system: Please join us to discuss what state Medicaid changes may mean for state budgets, national healthcare costs, and the nation’s poor.

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La. Family Celebrates Son's 2nd Birthday With Personal Injury Lawyer-Themed Party

When she was planning a birthday party for her 2-year-old son earlier this year, L'erin Dobra of Prairieville, La., had to choose a theme. But luckily her son had already begun giving her hints. He was fixated with a particular commercial for a personal injury law firm, featuring Morris Bart, who has been the pitchman since the 1980s. The party even included a cake with Bart's picture on it.
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Pesticide Drift Threatens Organic Farms

Conventional farmers use millions of pounds of pesticides each year to protect crops from weeds and insects. When those chemicals drift to neighboring property, they can ruin crops on organic farms.
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Planned Parenthood Controversy Raises Questions About Fetal Tissue Research

A series of sting videos targeting Planned Parenthood is raising questions about the field of fetal tissue research. Companies who buy and sell such tissue defend their work.
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Letting Go Of The Wheel: How Google Is Easing People Into Self-Driving Cars

Google has begun testing a new self-driving car this summer that is designed to work without a steering wheel. But as the Planet Money team reports, the company's biggest challenge may be convincing Americans to hop inside.

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