Trying to Cure The Managed-Care Blues

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Valerie Thompson has been unable to stop crying since she realized that managed care is tearing her away from her newborn daughter Morganne. The baby has jaundice and needs to stay under white fluorescent lights for another day. But Valerie's managed-care plan, like most, wants her out after two days, vastly complicating her plans to breast-feed her baby. Thompson went to the nurses' station and begged for one more day. The nurses told her she could call her insurer, but they didn't hold out much hope. "They said, 'No way. That's not going to happen,'" Thompson recalls.

But it did happen....

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