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About Joseph Burns

Joseph Burns is a freelance writer and editor in Falmouth, Mass., who writes about health policy and the business of health care for Managed Care magazine, Hospitals & Health Networks, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, among others. He also writes about health insurance for the Association of Health Care Journalists and blogs about health care, the environment, and other topics at

Persisting Myths About Health Care Reform

What are the most persistent myths about the Affordable Care Act? The answer to this question depends on who is asking and who is answering the question. So many myths have persisted for so long that it’s a challenge to separate what might seem to be a truly crazy myth (such as the act contains […]

The Advantages of the Affordable Care Act for the Self-Employed

What advantages does the Affordable Care Act offer to the self-employed? Three significant advantages under the ACA: The potential for an easier shopping experience, The possibility of financial subsidies, and The ability to easily compare one plan against another. Comparing Health Insurance Options Comparing health insurance options from several health insurers will be much different […]

Single Parents and the Affordable Care Act

What Does the Affordable Care Act Mean for Single Parents? The answer depends on whether a single parent is employed (or technically an employer offers affordable health insurance) or not. Self-employed single parents or those with no access to employer-sponsored health insurance can shop anywhere for coverage. Experts recommend, however, that single parents start shopping […]