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Why I Support Medicaid Expansion
Office of the Governor of Kansas, Laura Kelly

A single mother doing her best to raise her children. A small business owner realizing her dreams in a rural Kansas town. A caregiver for a disabled child. All these Kansans deserve the ability to see a doctor when they need one and receive the health care services necessary for them to remain productive members of their communities. These Kansans are why my campaign prioritized Medicaid expansion...

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Informed Consent: A Matter of Aspiration Since 1966 (At Least)
Sarah Wieten, Jacob Blythe & David Magnus

In their target article, Beskow and Weinfurt investigate a lack of understanding by research participants about central concepts in biobanking and disagreement among experts about what this lack of understanding means for informed consent. Beskow and Weinfurt designed and carried out “a national online survey in which participants were randomized to receive either the simplified or traditional c...

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Ethical Criteria for Health-Promoting Nudges: A Case-by-Case Analysis
Bart Engelen

Health-promoting nudges have been put into practice by different agents, in different contexts and with different aims. This article formulates a set of criteria that enables a thorough ethical evaluation of such nudges. As such, it bridges the gap between the abstract, theoretical debates among academics and the actual behavioral interventions being implemented in practice. The criteria are deriv...

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Exploring Understanding of “Understanding”: The Paradigm Case of Biobank Consent Comprehension
Laura M. Beskow & Kevin P. Weinfurt

Data documenting poor understanding among research participants and real-time efforts to assess comprehension in large-scale studies are focusing new attention on informed consent comprehension. Within the context of biobanking consent, we previously convened a multidisciplinary panel to reach consensus about what information must be understood for a prospective participant’s consent to be consi...

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