Sound credit scores and financial decisions despite cognitive aging

Decision Science News | January 12, 2015

At a time when the world’s 65-and-older population will double by 2035, policy changes have transferred many complex financial and healthcare decisions to individuals. Age-related declines in cognitive ability raise the specter that older adults facing major financial decisions may find them increasingly challenging. We explore whether knowledge and expertise accumulated from past decisions can offset age-related cognitive declines.

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Your brain on climate change: why the threat produces apathy, not action

Decision Science News | December 1, 2014

Voter behavior has long held mysteries for both politicians and psychologists. Why do poor and working-class voters across the US South, for instance, still line up to support conservative candidates whose policies favor the rich, weaken the social-safety net and limit access to affordable health care?

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Opinion: We're leaving too many energy dollars behind us, on the ground

Decision Science News | July 10, 2014

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When Buying Insurance on the Exchanges, It Helps to Have Help

Decision Science News | May 22, 2014

New online marketplaces don't do enough to let consumers weigh their options, experts say

By Karen Pallarito
HealthDay Reporter

FRIDAY, Oct. 18 (HealthDay News) -- You have to wade through a lot of insurance jargon and be a skilled number-cruncher to choose the right health insurance plan on the new health exchanges, health literacy and consumer decision-making experts say.

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You Don’t Need To Keep The Health Care Plan You Have

Decision Science News | May 22, 2014

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Consumer Mistakes in ObamaCare Exchanges May Cost Taxpayers $9B

Decision Science News | May 22, 2014

By: Kate Rogers

With just over one month until the Affordable Care Act’s health-care exchanges roll out, new research from Columbia University shows the complexity of choosing coverage for consumers, as some experts claim the law’s subsidies do not incentivize consumers to pick their health-care wisely.

What’s more, consumers picking the wrong plan will cost taxpayers—to the tune of about $9 billion per year.

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Study: Consumers May Spend $9 Billion More Than Necessary on Obamacare

Decision Science News | May 22, 2014


Going through health care plans at work can be complicated, so Americans might accidentally pay for $9 billion more in health care benefits than they need when new state health care exchanges open on Tuesday as part of the Affordable Health Care Act, a new study shows.

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Online Health Care Shopping Takes Some Skill

Decision Science News | May 22, 2014

By Bill Toland, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette


There's a learning curve with all online transactions -- banking on the Web, buying songs from iTunes. So how long will it take America to warm up to shopping for health insurance online?

And, more importantly, how long will it take us to shop wisely?

That depends largely on the architecture of the websites through which America will do its shopping, according to a new paper written by a University of Pennsylvania Law School health insurance expert and several other colleagues.

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Poll: 47% Don’t Know Where to Get Health Care Info

Decision Science News | May 22, 2014

Fola Akinnibi, USA TODAY

About one in 10 Americans -- 9% -- say The Affordable Care Act has improved their health insurance situation in the past year, according to a new survey by

The telephone survey asked a representative sample of 1,001 Americans about their knowledge of and feelings about the law that mandates health care insurances for all Americans in coming years.

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Prof. Tom Baker on How Smart Design of Healthcare Exchanges can Save Consumers Billions

Decision Science News | May 22, 2014

When the Affordable Care Act’s “individual mandate” takes effect in October, millions of Americans will be hard pressed to select the best health insurance coverage for their needs, unless relatively simple design features are incorporated into the state and federal websites they will use to choose a policy. Smart design of those websites, the so-called health insurance exchanges at the heart of Obamacare, could save consumers and the government more than $9 billion annually.

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