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A New Way Insurers are Shifting Costs to the Sick

By charging higher prices for generic drugs that treat certain illness, health insurers may be violating the spirit of the Affordable Care Act, which bans discrimination against those with pre-existing conditions.
Old Debts, Fresh Pain: Weak Laws Offer Debtors Little Protection

Old Debts, Fresh Pain: Weak Laws Offer Little Protection for Debtors

Unseen Toll: Wages of Millions Seized to Pay Past Debts

Unseen Toll: Wages of Millions Seized to Pay Past Debts

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Confession of Etan Patz’s Accused Killer Finally Aired in Court

Pedro Hernandez confessed two years ago to killing the 6-year-old. Now a judge will decide whether it's admissible.

Podcast: In Big Tobacco Cash, a Boon Turned Burden

Reporter Cezary Podkul on why states’ deals with investors yielded money upfront but problematic debts later.

Getting Sued Over Debt: Readers Tell Their Stories

Some describe their surprise when they were sued after falling behind on medical and credit card bills.

Border Patrol’s ‘Trigger-Happy’ Reputation and More in MuckReads Weekly

Some of the best #MuckReads we read this week. Want to receive these by email? Sign up to get this briefing delivered to your inbox every weekend.

Why Do Democrats Keep Trying to Ban Guns That Look Scary, Not the Guns That Kill the Most People?

On the twentieth anniversary of the assault weapons ban, a look at why politicians and the public support a policy that showed no evidence of saving lives.

In Patz Case, a Critical Moment in Court at Last

After more than 800 days behind bars, the man accused of killing Etan Patz will have his confession evaluated by a judge.

The Fed Hates To Burst Your Bubble

Why Gun Control Groups Have Moved Away from an Assault Weapons Ban

A decade after the ban expired, gun control groups say that focusing on other policies will save more American lives.

U.S. Company Helps Russia Block Prominent Putin Critic

The U.S. blogging company LiveJournal is showing an error message to users inside Russia who try to read the blog of Alexei Navalny, a prominent politician and critic of the Russian government.

Podcast: Guns, PTSD, and the ‘Data-Free Debate’

ProPublica Reporter Lois Beckett explores shooting victims’ trauma and the politics that stifle the research and treatment they need.

Missouri’s Misleading Execution Drug Claim and More in MuckReads Weekly

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Surveillance

ProPublica investigates the threats to privacy in an era of cellphones, data mining and cyberwar, including how citizens are digitally tracked by governments and corporations.

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Leaked Docs Show Spyware Used to Snoop on U.S. Computers

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The Prescribers

Never-before-released government prescription records shows that some doctors and other health professionals across the country prescribe large quantities of drugs known to be potentially harmful, disorienting or addictive for their patients. And officials have done little to detect or deter these hazardous prescribing patterns.

31 Stories in the Series. Latest:

Illinois Suspends Medical License of Leading Prescriber of Antipsychotic Drugs

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Temp Land

Temp employment is climbing to record levels following the Great Recession. The system benefits brand-name companies but harms American workers through lost wages, high injury rates, few if any benefits, and little opportunity for advancement.

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California Legislature Passes Bill to Protect Temp Workers

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Examining Medicare

A closer look at the services delivered by providers in Medicare’s Part B program—and the money they collect.

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The Obscure Drug With a Growing Medicare Tab

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Restraints

Do you know a child who has been forcibly restrained or secluded at school? Help us investigate by sharing your story.

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Federal Investigators Crack Down on Two Virginia Schools’ Use of Restraints

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