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Tufts to break
with Blue Cross

Tufts Medical Center has begun warning thousands of patients that Tufts doctors will no longer accept Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO coverage after Jan. 31, asserting in a letter that the state's largest health insurer refuses to pay Tufts doctors at a "reasonable rate." (By Scott Allen and Jeffrey Krasner, Globe Staff)

Patrick intensifies state's push
to curb soaring health premiums

Governor Deval Patrick yesterday accelerated his administration's efforts to control spiraling statewide healthcare costs, warning that rising premiums threaten to crush families and businesses and doom Massachusetts' groundbreaking experiment with universal insurance. (By Marcella Bombardieri, Globe Staff)

Charter schools grade highest

A new study indicates that Boston charter schools significantly outperform the city's traditional schools, but raises new questions about the city's experimental pilot schools, which in many cases posted "ambiguous" or "disconcerting" results. (By James Vaznis, Globe Staff)

Economists divided over cutting taxes

President-elect Barack Obama's decision to offer major tax cuts to businesses to help lift the economy out of recession is a significant departure from his campaign pledges that is dividing economists over how effective the cuts will be. (By Michael Kranish, Globe Staff)
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Citizens Energy giveaway imperiled
as Venezuela halts its oil donations

Joseph P. Kennedy II, the president of Citizens Energy Corp., said yesterday the Venezuelan oil company Citgo Petroleum Corp. has suspended contributions to the Boston nonprofit's program that provides free heating oil to 200,000 low-income residents and Native American tribes in 23 states, including Massachusetts. (By Todd Wallack, Globe Staff)

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