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Journalists are playing a key role in highlighting outrageous health care price tags. Why this flood of stories now? And will they make a difference?
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The editor-in-chief of Health Affairs shares his thoughts on what a Trump presidency will mean for health care, and how reporters can cover this huge, evolving story.
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An ocean view and a smoothie bar do not have any bearing on the quality of health care being delivered by doctors, nurses, and hospital staff. Wouldn’t it be nice if there were a simple way to compare hospitals?

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New Jersey’s governor, Chris Christie, has walked a fine line in his decisions about the Affordable Care Act: He accepted Washington’s offer to expand Medicaid, yet declined to set up a state exchange. (And even turned his back on a $7 million grant to help residents learn about their options on hea

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How do you get access to death records? Leave your desk, for starters.

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Why is the Vermont Department of Health hiding behind the HIPAA privacy law to keep secret the autopsy of a hiker who froze to death?

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It’s crazy enough that some states make certain records public while other states ban them from public view. Even crazier: in some states, every county has a different set of rules. Here's how one journalist coped.

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Sometimes the key fact for a story can be found in a death certificate.

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To show the value of making death records public, I'm asking health writers nationwide to join my quest to request death certificates from all 50 states. 

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When is a story important enough to warrant reporting on a cause of death? Do the deaths of famous people open an opportunity to raise public awareness about medical errors or other health threats? What about the person next door?

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