November 8, 2013 WBURFinding out how much an X-ray costs sounds like a simple question. But before Oct. 1, it was downright impossible to get an answer. Now, Massachusetts is pulling back the curtain on what has been a largely secret world of health care prices.
October 1, 2013 Seven years ago, Massachusetts launched its own experiment with health insurance exchanges. Those involved in that experiment say it's gone smoothly, and as a result, 97 percent of the state's residents now have health coverage. Some called the program Romneycare; some still do.
September 17, 2013 In a new campaign ad, a congressional candidate makes a difficult admission to his conservative father.
August 29, 2013 Dr. Donald Berwick ran Medicare and Medicaid right after the Affordable Care Act became law. Now he's running for governor of Massachusetts. But he hasn't left behind his work as a health quality oracle.
December 28, 2012 The latest NPR-Truven Health Analytics Health Poll finds that most Americans favor physician-assisted suicide for people with less than six months to live. But the survey found opposition to assisted suicide for people in severe pain who aren't terminally ill or for those with disabilities.
October 24, 2012 Public health officials are trying to strike a balance between alerting, diagnosing and treating patients who might be at risk of fungal infections — and not overdiagnosing and overtreating those who aren't at risk. The caution is warranted. This type of infection can smolder for weeks before exploding into meningitis or causing massive strokes.
June 2, 2012 Warren secured more than 95 percent of the delegate vote at the state's Democratic Convention, clearing the way for her to focus solely on incumbent Sen. Scott Brown.
May 16, 2012 U.S. Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren's claims of Native American heritage seem uneasy to swallow. But why? What does it take to be considered an ethnic minority, and what does the controversy say about the way we judge ethnic backgrounds?
December 14, 2011 When Mitt Romney was Massachusetts governor in 2003 and facing with a $3 billion state budget deficit, he didn't want to raise taxes since that would prevent him in the future from claiming he hadn't raised taxes.So he proposed new or increased fees, including a $10 licensing fee on the blind so a sight-impaired person could receive a state certificate of blindness.
November 21, 2011 Mitt Romney defended as routine the actions of his aides when, in the last weeks of his Massachusetts governorship, they bought their government-issued computers' hard drives and deleted emails off a government server. But former Massachusetts officials said the aides' actions were extraordinary.
June 6, 2011 A poll conducted in Massachusetts finds nearly three-quarters of people support the state's law making health care coverage virtually universal. But about half of those polled would like some changes made.
October 6, 2010 Election time means government workers become campaigners for their bosses which is legal so long as workers keep track and account for the time they spend campaigning and the time spent doing their government jobs.