All in all, Minnesota Public Radio gets an A for its work (the online piece included a handy “explainer” for gold, silver, and bronze insurance plans); Kaiser gets a C; and the Department of Health and Human Services—well, a press release is just that, a press release, to be taken with a grain of salt.

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Trudy Lieberman is a fellow at the Center for Advancing Health and a longtime contributing editor to the Columbia Journalism Review. She is the lead writer for The Second Opinion, CJR’s healthcare desk, which is part of our United States Project on the coverage of politics and policy. Follow her on Twitter @Trudy_Lieberman.