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Could Kaiser Permanente's Low-Cost Health Care Be Even Cheaper?

Kaiser Permanente is often cited as an example of a health maintenance organization that keeps costs reined in. In fact, portions of the Affordable Care Act were crafted with the Kaiser model in mind. But critics say the price gap between Kaiser and other insurance companies has narrowed, and the reasons are unclear.
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Why Are Women More Likely To Die From Lung Cancer In Alabama?

For women born since 1933, lung cancer death rates in California have dropped by more than half. In Alabama, they have more than doubled.
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Why Isn't Kaiser Permanente Cheaper?

Kaiser Permanente, the California-based managed care consortium, is touted as a model for saving money in the health care system. But they are not as inexpensive as they used to be.
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Dropping Legal Barriers Doesn't Guarantee Interstate Insurance Sales

Soon any health insurer in Georgia can sell policies it offers in other states to Georgians. But there's no sign that companies will be taking advantage of the opportunity created by a new state law that supporters hoped would spur competition and lower prices.
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Georgia To Allow Cross-State Health Insurance Sales

Some Republicans have been touting a plan to reduce health insurance costs by allowing insurers to sell plans across state lines. Georgia has passed legislation to allow this to happen, and the new law goes into effect next week. But so far, no insurers have taken Georgia up on the offer.
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Obesity Stokes Rheumatoid Arthritis With More Than Just Extra Weight

A recent study by researchers at the Mayo Clinic found that obese individuals were 25 percent more likely to develop rheumatoid arthritis than people of normal weight. They say fat cells also make proteins and estrogen that inflame joints in people with rheumatoid arthritis.

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