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Health Law Fails To Bring Competition To Rural Areas

The New York Times examines the effects of the law on prices of coverage in rural areas while KHN details how therapists may be forced to move away from their solo practices.

The New York Times: Health Law Fails To Keep Prices Low In Rural Areas
As technical failures bedevil the rollout of President Obama's health care law, evidence is emerging that one of the program's loftiest goals — to encourage competition among insurers in an effort to keep costs low — is falling short for many rural Americans (Abelson, Thomas and McGinty, 10/23).

Kaiser Health News: Health Law Brings Changes In How Therapists Do Business
In the corporate world of American health care, with its consolidating hospital chains and doctors' groups, psychologists and other mental health therapists are still mostly Mom-and-Pop shops; they've built solo practices, hanging their own shingles, not unlike Lucy in the Peanuts gang: "Psychiatric Help 5¢, The Doctor Is In." But that business model is shifting from solo practices toward large medical groups, say mental health experts (Varney, 10/24). 

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