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Many African-Americans fall into a health ‘coverage gap’

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

WASHINGTON — Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, the percentage of people of color who do not have health insurance is projected to fall dramatically by 2016, greatly narrowing the historic disparities in coverage between whites and nonwhites. But one minority group is likely to benefit less than others: African-Americans. Fifty-five percent of all African-Americans reside in the 23 states that have not expanded Medicaid eligibility under the ACA. By …

Medicare to transform how it pays doctors, hospitals

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration outlined ambitious new goals Monday to transform over the next four years the way that the gargantuan Medicare program pays doctors and hospitals, rewarding providers that achieve better outcomes for patients rather than those that just do more. The move away from so-called fee-for-service medicine is a central, if little recognized, goal of the Affordable Care Act, which …

Oscar Watch: ‘Birdman’ up, ‘Boyhood’ down ... for now

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

For the last few months, Richard Linklater’s micro-budgeted, experimental coming-of-age drama, “Boyhood,” has reigned supreme as the least likely best picture front-runner in the history of the Oscars, winning the Golden Globe, multiple critics prizes and a boundless supply of goodwill. That kingpin status changed this weekend as “Birdman,” the dark, dazzling comedy about an actor attempting reinvention, took top honors with the …

Mushrooms can be a healthy piece of the Super Bowl spread

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Anybody who has kids will appreciate this milestone. My daughter ate an entire mushroom for the first time the other day! I had roasted it on a baking sheet alongside other veggies, knowing she would likely skip the …

Valley Bounty: Lamb

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Lamb Lamb stews are wonderfully rich and warming. Use traditional New England stew fixings like carrots, onions and potatoes, or a mix of Middle Eastern spices, which bring out lamb’s complexity. Tagine, a lamb stew named for the clay pot it is cooked in, makes a fantastic meal …

Oven Chicken Wings

Saturday, January 24, 2015

(Adapted from thekitchen.com) 3 pounds of chicken wings and/or drumettes, the meatier the better 1 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon pepper ½ cup hot sauce 3 tablespoons butter, melted Blue cheese or ranch dressing, for serving Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Line a baking sheet or two with …

What cask beer drinkers know: Cold kills flavor

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Nothing screams American mass-market beer like that big silver “Coors” bullet train. TV spots show it rocketing through a winter blizzard, smashing huge glaciers into ice rubble before steaming into town like the Polar Express for the college …

Lou & Lucy’s Leftovers: Lou is feeling deflated

Saturday, January 24, 2015

For some unexplained reason, I’ve had a really deflating week. Woke up Monday morning and made English muffins. They came out under-cooked. Made scrambled eggs. They came out too runny. Seems the toaster and stove top were under-pressured. Not enough “psi.” What’s going on? Tuesday was no better. …

California measles outbreak expands to 78 cases; more likely

Friday, January 23, 2015

SANTA ANA, Calif. — The measles outbreak centered in California continues to expand, with officials now confirming 78 cases of the illness in seven states and Mexico. The California Department of Public Health said there are now 68 cases in the state — 48 that have been directly …

Heart surgeon killed at Boston hospital is laid to rest

Friday, January 23, 2015

WELLESLEY — The widow of a cardiac surgeon gunned down at a Boston hospital told hundreds at his funeral Friday he was well liked by patients and it was difficult to believe his death came at the hands of a patient’s son. The service for Dr. Michael Davidson …

Eva Gerstel of Easthampton celebrates 100 years of feminism

Friday, January 23, 2015

EASTHAMPTON — At 100, self-proclaimed feminist Eva Gerstel is not shy about offering her opinion — not that she has ever been. On whether she was excited for her 100th birthday party, scheduled for Saturday: “To tell you …

Style Stop: Corinne Wingard

Friday, January 23, 2015

The Style Stop team caught up with Corinne Wingard, 72, of Agawam inside The Village on Main hair salon. WHAT SHE WAS WEARING: A reversible coat, glass earrings and a scarf from Venice. Her style: I like Soft …

ID: Sharon C. Mehrman

Friday, January 23, 2015

Sharon C. Mehrman is the owner of a one-woman workshop in Florence, where she designs and handcrafts fine furniture. She began her woodworking career handcrafting signs for businesses on Nantucket Island. Mehrman says the things in our lives …