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Seeking a ban on methyl iodide in strawberry fields, privatizing Medicare, and questions about CNN's Sanjay Gupta, plus more from our Daily Briefing.

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Even if you were in Austin for South by Southwest last week, the sheer volume of information and number of people make it difficult to know what the ultimate take-aways were. How can you sum up the best tips and critical thinking from some 40 panels and meet-ups and events related to health this

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If Congress and President Barack Obama decide the responsibility for health insurance falls on the shoulders of individual Americans, all of us might want to pay more attention to what's going on now in the individual insurance market and to what's promised in the legislation. If having no insurance is considered rock-bottom, having individual insurance is the next floor up. Some call it "house insurance," thinking that by having it they won't lose their homes to pay for a catastrophic illness.

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Dr. Kate Bundorf is a health economist interested in health care financing and delivery. Her research focuses on health insurance markets and examining the factors affecting both individual and purchaser decision-making. She also has studied the impact of insurance on health care cost, quality and outcomes. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan, her M.B.A. and M.P.H. from the University of California, Berkeley, and her Ph.D. from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

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Janice Frates is an associate professor of health care administration at Cal State Long Beach. She has taught health policy, management and marketing in the Health Care Administration Program at Cal State Long Beach since 1997.

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