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    Private Health Plans Pay Hospitals 247% of What Medicare Would Pay

    Sep 18, 2020

    Employers are the largest source of U.S. health insurance yet lack of price transparency makes it hard for them to assess the costs of hospital services. An analysis of hospital spending by private insurers finds that prices vary among states and are on average almost two and a half times more than Medicare's.

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    COVID-19 Screening in the Workplace

    Sep 17, 2020

    Workplaces are checking for COVID-19 symptoms verbally, with a paper form or app, with onsite temperature checks, or by combining these approaches. Which are likely to detect infection and help employees feel safer? And which methods are safe, feasible, and protect employee privacy?

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    How Wildfire Risks Affect California's Insurance Market

    Sep 14, 2020

    Wildfires in California destroy thousands of structures each year, devastating homeowners and bringing heavy costs for insurers. And without an aggressive GHG emissions control strategy, climate change will likely increase the risk of wildfires in some areas. How will insurance markets respond?

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    Evaluating Programs That Counter Violent Extremism

    Countries around the world are fighting a growing threat of violent extremism. Many have begun implementing countering violent extremism (CVE) interventions to prevent radicalization. Have these programs been effective?

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    Who Are America's Jihadists?

    Sep 11, 2020

    U.S. residents who plotted to carry out jihadist attacks at home and those who traveled or attempted to travel to join jihadists abroad represent two dimensions of the terrorist threat. But both types are driven by internal motivations and circumstances as much as they are inspired by external groups.