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MacArthur Fellow Crunches Data To Streamline Health Care

Dr. Jeffrey Brenner was awarded a MacArthur 'Genius' grant this week for improving health care in one of the poorest cities in America: Camden, New Jersey. Host Michel Martin speaks with Dr. Brenner about his experience, and the national health care debate.

A Medicaid Expansion In Pennsylvania May Take Time

Gov. Tom Corbett hopes to tap into federal money offered as part of the Affordable Care Act to extend Medicaid coverage to more people. But he has conditions. His alternative would require some people to pay an insurance premium and to look for work.
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Getting Outdoors This Fall

If you're looking to get outdoors this fall, there are endless opportunities to paddle, hike, bike or stay in the city and explore a new neighborhood. Join us for tips on ways you can connect with nature or a new neighborhood.


Say What? French Horn Players Run Risk Of Hearing Loss

Nearly half the horn players in an Australian study noticed that they'd lost some of their hearing. Among the younger horn players, hearing tests found that up to one-third of them had noise-related hearing deficits.

MacArthur 'Genius' On Grit, Self Control And Success

Host Michel Martin speaks with psychologist Angela Duckworth, who was named a MacArthur "Genius" Fellow today. Duckworth's research shows how grit and self-control can predict future life success.

Repeated Bone Scans Shed Little Light On Fracture Risk

Many older women get bone scans every two years to look for signs of osteoporosis. But for the vast majority of people, the repeat scans don't detect significant changes. New research suggests it may make sense to stop or slow down on the scans after people have had an initial test.

House GOP Group Forces Boehner To Choose Sides

A GOP group in the House is behind an effort to defund the Affordable Care Act through the process of keeping the federal government funded. Speaker John Boehner may have to choose whether to stand by them and force a government shutdown, or makes a deal with Democrats to avert it. Steve Inskeep talks to former Ohio Republican Rep. Steve LaTourette for insight into Boehner's dilemma.

Senate More Than Likely To Keep Obamacare Intact

Congress has just days to avoid a government shutdown when the new fiscal year starts next Tuesday. Standing in the way is a House provision that cuts off all funding for the health care law known as Obamacare. The aim is to cripple that program just when its major provisions are about to kick in. But the Senate is not expected to pass any bill that defunds or delays Obamacare.

Commander In Chief, Explainer In Chief Tout Health Care Law

The biggest test of the Affordable Care Act could begin next week. That's when the online marketplaces offering health care coverage to the uninsured are set to start signing people up. The question is, will they come? Obama and former President Clinton have teamed up to explain the law.

Administration Touts Lower-Than-Expected Obamacare Premiums

According to a report released by the Department of Health and Human Services, "premiums nationwide will ... be around 16 percent lower than originally expected," and 95 percent of uninsured people live in a state with average premiums that are lower than expected.