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HEADLINE: Veterans’ health care shines a light on what works
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There are things I hate about health care, and mostly it’s the part where I have to deal with the insurance company. For instance, why can’t I go online and easily find what my policy covers? Why is it such a byzantine and incomprehensible system? But at least I have health insurance, and for that I am grateful. It almost seems like I’m tempting fate to complain at all.
Under the new health-care law, of course, millions of uninsured Americans will join the ranks of the insured in coming years. But how that influx of new people will change the U.S. health-care system remains unclear, at least to me. Presumably, it will become harder to schedule a doctor’s visit, though in my world that wouldn’t be so bad, as it’s not hard right now to get an appointment at the family practice I go to — as long as I’m willing to see a nurse practitioner, which I am. Read Anya Martin’s story for more on the rise of this segment of the nursing profession, and why NPs will likely be even more of a growing industry.
Also, don’t miss Kristen Gerencher’s Vital Signs for a look at a health-care model that just might point the way forward as policy makers and health-industry experts grapple with the huge changes in store under the new law. To wit, the veterans’ health-care system seems to be a doing a relatively good job monitoring what works and what doesn’t when it comes to treating people. Who would have thought?
— , Personal Finance editor
For quality, it’s hard to top veterans’ health care
Where can you find the highest-quality health care in the United States? There isn’t one single answer, but believe it or not, many studies and independent experts point to the Veterans Health Administration as among the best.
Nurse practitioners’ growing role in your health care
If you haven’t had an appointment with a nurse practitioner yet, chances are you will within the next few years. Nurse practitioners, or NPs, rank as one of the fastest growing health-care professions, with about 140,000 qualified to practice in the United States, up from 125,000 in 2008, according to the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners.
Pending home sales rise ahead of subsidy’s end
Buyers rushed to sign sales contracts on previously owned homes in the United States in April before a tax subsidy expired, according to a survey released Wednesday by an industry lobbying group.
How to beat bank fees
On July 1, new federal rules will require banks to ask customers to opt in for overdraft coverage — a line of credit that kicks in when account holders make purchases that exceed their available checking- and debit-account balances.
The BP disaster: What investors need to know
The whole nation is watching the unfolding disaster in the Gulf of Mexico in disbelief. It’s hardly a surprise that BP PLC (BP) stock plunged again Tuesday. But panicking never helped anybody, investors included. With so much of the coverage now gripped by hysteria, it’s time to look at some cold facts.
Lessons from the forgotten ‘flash crash’ of 1962
On May 28, there was a “flash crash.” If you didn’t notice it, that is because it occurred not in 2010, but in 1962. Its aftermath offers some clues on what might happen in the wake of this year’s flash crash on May 6.
Tax liabilities for selling a home
We have owned a second home for 23 years. Now we must sell that home, as traveling is becoming very difficult for both of us. What will be our tax liability in this situation?
ECONOMY & POLITICS
Views on ‘big government’ may shape election outcome
It’s a debate as old as Jefferson and Hamilton: how big a role should the federal government play in the lives of Americans.
Commentary: Obama deserves passing grade on economy
President Barack Obama and the Democrats have earned passing grades for their handling of the economy since last January, but their failure to explain what their policies are — and why they are necessary — has left them vulnerable to an electoral rout in November.
Commentary: White House ineptitude poses challenge for Democrats
If political hack James Carville stands out as the Democratic voice speaking with the greatest moral authority on the Gulf oil spill, the party might conclude it has a problem going into the midterm elections.
Parties dig in as battle for Congress revs up
Running scared from anti-incumbent sentiment, alternatively chastened and encouraged by results of primary elections and still grappling with a weak economy, Democrats and Republicans are readying for an all-out war this November to control Congress that neither side yet appears poised to win.
Commentary: Which Warren Buffett will testify?
Which Warren Buffett will Phil Angelides and the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission see Wednesday? Buffett is set to testify as the commission tackles the issue, “Credibility of Credit Ratings, the Investment Decisions Made Based on those Ratings and the Financial Crisis.”
Obama calls for U.S. to embrace clean energy
The time has come for the United States to “fully embrace” clean-energy technologies, President Barack Obama said Wednesday, as BP kept up its struggle to contain its runaway oil well in the Gulf of Mexico.
U.S. opens criminal probe of Deepwater Horizon disaster
The Obama administration, searching for ways to respond to the worst oil spill in U.S. history, opened civil and criminal investigations of the disaster on Tuesday.
AT&T to end unlimited plans for wireless data
AT&T Inc. (T) on Wednesday became the first major U.S. wireless company to move away from unlimited Internet plans and introduce metered billing, providing a future template for how the industry bills customers.
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