Selected links to health policy, economics and other news articles, 1/31/13:

Federal Rule Limits Aid to Families Who Can’t Afford Employers’ Health Coverage

IRS: Some families who can’t afford coverage on the job can’t get govt aid to buy health plans

U.S. Growth Halted as Federal Spending Fell in 4th Quarter

Senate votes to temporarily suspend federal debt limit

U.S. expects big Medicare savings from competitive bid program

Fed Economist Steps Into Dispute On Geographic Differences In Health Spending

Clancy stepping down as AHRQ director

Healthy School Snacks: Long-Delayed Rules To Come Soon From USDA

Alpert Medical School plans population health degree program for doctors in training