Selected links to health policy, economics and other news articles, 2/6/13:

Medicare pay formula may finally get fixed

National health expenditures grow at 4.3% in 2012, 4th consecutive year of record-low growth

Medicare prescription drug savings hit $5.7B

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly of Projected Medicare Spending Growth

A roundup of what each state's leadership has said about their Medicaid plans

Why Premiums Will Change for People Who Now Have Nongroup Insurance

AARP slams bill to loosen health law's rules on age rating

Why attack snack food in schools?

Lower-Calorie Foods: It's Just Good Business

For Women, Reduced Access to Long-Term Care Insurance

The most depressing graph in the new CBO report

National Health Service Corps expands the primary care workforce

Centene part of Kansas' effort to curb Medicaid costs

Economic Growth Is Likely to Be Slow in 2013 and Pick Up in Later Years

The Persistence of Racial Resentment

MO Gov Nixon says mental health prevents crime better than guns in classroom