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Inside Big Health Insurers’ Side Hustle

America’s largest health insurance companies moonlight as obscure middlemen, managing billions in health care spending for many of the country’s biggest employers.

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Employers Grapple With Fear, Uncertainty and Vaccine Mandates

A preschool owner wrestles with whether to require vaccines, and a researcher shares tips on how to make a mandate work.

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The Next Big Challenge to Abortion Rights

A new Texas law and an upcoming Supreme Court case could drastically alter abortion access in America.

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Schools Brace for Pandemic-Fueled Mental Health Needs

As kids return to the classroom, schools are spending billions in new federal aid to address students’ growing mental health needs.

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August Hiatus Episodes

Explore the guest and rerun episodes we featured in the Tradeoffs podcast feed during our August 2021 hiatus.

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Health Care’s Ransomware Wake-Up Call

A spike in ransomware attacks is pushing the health care industry to beef up its digital defenses.

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Sacrifices and Small Wins: The Fight Against Rising Gun Violence

As gun violence continues to soar in U.S. cities, one violence prevention specialist tries to stem the tide of homicides in his hometown.

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One Woman’s Year Surviving the Pandemic with a Disability

A young woman living with cerebral palsy shares the struggles, fears and silver linings she’s experienced during the pandemic.

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Why Millions Could Lose Medicaid Next Year

A congressional ban on removing anyone from Medicaid is likely to expire early next year.

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One County’s 20-Year Effort to Decriminalize Mental Illness

Miami-Dade County has spent the last two decades trying to connect people in mental distress with services instead of jail cells. What have they learned?

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