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David Levine


David Levine is a GOVERNING contributor and freelance writer, who specializes in health and medical issues. His work has been published in the New York Times, American Heritage, Sports Illustrated and many other publications. Levine is the author/co-author of six books about sports. He is also a contributing editor at Wainscot Health Media and a contributing writer at Hudson Valley magazine.

A new study suggests dental therapists would boost dentists’ profits and help more Medicaid patients get care. So why are dentists so opposed to states’ efforts to license them?
It's something more than 30 U.S. states and cities have tried and failed to do.
As many states embrace managed care in an effort to provide quality, affordable health care, some are rushing the switch from fee-for-service care and running into problems.
The Affordable Care Act gave state insurance commissioners the power to review rate increases of 10 percent or more but left it up to the states to decide whether they also have the power to reject them.
For every future project the District of Columbia undertakes, it will ask the same question: How does this impact the public’s health?
Four of the 17 states running their own insurance marketplaces lost their health exchange directors in the last few months.
As many young people switch to their parents’ plans, university-sponsored plans are losing money, forcing colleges to rethink how (and whether they should) offer health coverage.
Whether or not Americans support doctors helping terminally ill patients to voluntarily end their lives depends on the words used to describe the issue. Those words also determine the success of such bills.
Only 25 states have expanded Medicaid so far, but some see ways to make expansion attractive for both parties in every state.
In a growing number of libraries, patrons can check out a book and get a check-up in one visit.