George Murray, who served in Vietnam, was able to access his medical benefits from the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs relatively easily while living in Boston. But veterans living in other parts of Massachusetts, like Cape Cod, have more difficulty. Across the U.S., VA data show the unevenness in its benefit spending. Jesse Costa/WBUR hide caption

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In 49 U.S. states, spotting the squished disc in this spinal MRI is still much easier than learning the price of the MRI in advance. AWelshLad/iStockphoto hide caption

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Massachusetts composting companies like City Soil, which turn food waste into compost that can be used on gardens and farms, say they expect to get quite a bit of new business from the food waste ban. Courtesy of City Soil hide caption

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Massachusetts Democratic gubernatorial candidate Martha Coakley celebrates with supporters as she claims victory in the primary election Tuesday in Boston. Elise Amendola/AP hide caption

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Among heroin addicts who are able to quit, 40 to 60 percent relapse within the first year — many within the first weeks of release from a treatment program. Diane Diederich/iStockphoto hide caption

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The Department of the Interior is proposing a large expansion of U.S. efforts to make energy from offshore winds, with a plan centered off the Massachusetts coast. Here, a 2010 photo shows a sunrise over Nantucket Sound. Julia Cumes/AP hide caption

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President Obama made the case for health coverage at Faneuil Hall in Boston in late October, a few weeks after enrollment opened for health insurance sold on exchanges created under the Affordable Care Act. Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney signed a health care reform bill during an April 12, 2006, ceremony at Faneuil Hall in Boston. The bill made Massachusetts the first state in the country to require that all residents have health insurance. Joe Raedle/Getty Images hide caption

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Governor Deval Patrick of Massachusetts signed the law enacting the state's latest phase of health care on August 6, 2012. Eric Haynes/Governor Deval Patrick's Office hide caption

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The price for an X-ray is murkier than the image. Ivica Kljucar/ hide caption

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Then-Gov. Mitt Romney signs the Massachusetts health care bill in Boston on April 12, 2006. Brian Snyder/Reuters/Landov hide caption

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Gubernatorial hopeful Dr. Donald Berwick speaks at the Massachusetts Democratic Party Platform Convention in July. Aram Boghosian/Boston Globe via Getty Images hide caption

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John Kelly and Dr. Marcia Angell were advocates on opposing sides of a Massachusetts measure to legalize physician-assisted suicide. Jesse Costa/Jesse Costa/WBUR hide caption

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Matthew Spencer receives intravenous infusions of a potent antifungal drug at home twice a day for an indefinite period to treat a suspected case of fungal infection linked to a contaminated steroid drug that came from New England Compounding Center in Massachusetts. Richard Knox/NPR hide caption

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Massachusetts Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren is shown here attending a 2010 Capitol Hill hearing on the Troubled Asset Relief Program. Alex Wong/Getty Images hide caption

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