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The Churn Behind The Stable Rate For The Uninsured

A provision of the Affordable Care Act that allows young adults to stay on their parents' health plans offset some of the increase in the number of people without insurance coverage.

USDA To Ban 6 More Strains Of E. Coli In Ground Beef

Meat processors warn the move will cause consumers to pay more for meat, but some large companies like Costco already require suppliers to prove their products are free from several strains of E. coli banned by the new rule.

One Price Of Fatherhood: Low Testosterone

Scientists found that single men who started out with relatively high testosterone levels were more likely than other men to become fathers. But once a baby arrived, testosterone levels plummeted.

Md. Health Care Co. Maxim Settles DOJ Fraud Probe

Maxim Health Care Services has agreed to pay $150 million to resolve fraud allegations by the Justice Department and the attorneys general of 42 states. The home health care company admitted to overcharging Medicaid for six years. Eight former employees at the company have pleaded guilty in connection with the scheme, and some of them face prison time.

Calif. Medicaid Expansion: A Lifeline For Ex-Convicts

At least half a million people are expected to get health care benefits in an expansion of California's Medicaid program, including many former prison inmates. Many ex-offenders will now be covered for care including mental health and substance abuse — problems that, when left untreated, can lead them right back behind bars.

Poll: Americans' Concern About Food Safety Drops

Fewer people in the U.S. are as worried about food safety now as they were a year ago, according to the latest NPR-Thomson Reuters health poll. Those with the lowest incomes reported the most concern about the safety of the food they eat.