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States Fund Pregnancy Centers That Discourage Abortion

Monday, March 09, 2015

A growing number of states are giving public money to crisis pregnancy centers. But the centers are unregulated, and abortion rights groups accuse them of coercing women with misinformation.

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All Things Considered

College Rape Case Shows A Key Limit To Medical Privacy Law

Monday, March 09, 2015

A woman who is suing the University of Oregon for mishandling her rape case could have her own medical records used against her in court. Yes, that's legal.

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Supreme Court Sends Birth Control Case Back To Appeals Court

Monday, March 09, 2015

The court has ordered a federal appeals court to take a second look at Univeristy of Notre Dame's challenge to the birth control mandate in Obamacare, including opt-out rules for religious groups.

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Federal Rule To Extend Medical Leave To Same-Sex Spouses In All States

Friday, March 06, 2015

The Labor Department rule guarantees legally married same-sex spouses can take unpaid time off to care for one another or sick relative, even in states thatdon't recognize the marriage.

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All Things Considered

Colorado Debates Whether IUDs Are Contraception Or Abortion

Thursday, March 05, 2015

A Colorado program has allowed more than 30,000 women to get long-term contraception for free, lowering teen birth and abortion rates. Now lawmakers have to decide if it can qualify for state funding.

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State Lawmakers Keep Busy While Supreme Court Weighs Obamacare

Thursday, March 05, 2015

Bills concerning health care exchanges are pending in at least 16 states. The measures are split pretty evenly between ones that seek to bolster the exchanges and those that would impede or bar them.

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All Things Considered

Justices Roberts And Kennedy Hold Key Votes In Health Law Case

Wednesday, March 04, 2015

No telling yet which side will win. But did Justice Kennedy's mixed signals Wednesday hint that he was leaning toward the administration's view of federal subsidies for health insurance?

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Few Clues On Health Law's Future Emerge In Supreme Court Arguments

Wednesday, March 04, 2015

Will the Supreme Court strike down tax credits that help moderate-income Americans afford coverage in the three dozen states where the marketplace is being run by the federal government?

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GOP Faults Shift Of Funds To HealthCare.Gov From NIH And CDC

Tuesday, March 03, 2015

House Republicans are asking why the Obama administration moved money to run the federal insurance marketplace in 37 states, after House Democrats didn't appropriate enough funding.

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What Shapes Health? Webcast Explores Social And Economic Factors

Tuesday, March 03, 2015

People say many things affect health, from personal behavior and childhood abuse to God's will, according to a new poll. The people behind the numbers explain what it means for people and communities.

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Morning Edition

Abortion Restrictions Complicate Access For Ohio Women

Tuesday, March 03, 2015

In Ohio, abortion restrictions have helped shut down half the state's clinics that perform the procedure, forcing many women to travel farther away, even to neighboring states.

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Poll Explores Our Perception Of How Factors Large And Small Shape People's Health

Monday, March 02, 2015

Health is not just about trips to the doctor, according to a poll by NPR, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health. Housing, stress and abuse are factors.

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Fines Remain Rare Even As Health Data Breaches Multiply

Friday, February 27, 2015

Since 2009, a federal watchdog has levied only 22 penalties against health care organizations for failing to safeguard information about patients.

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5 Things To Know About The Latest Supreme Court Challenge To Health Law

Friday, February 27, 2015

Millions of Americans might not be able to afford insurance if the Supreme Court rules the government erred in making subsidies available in all states. Arguments are

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Administration Grants Tax Time Reprieve For Obamacare Procrastinators

Friday, February 20, 2015

There will be a special insurance enrollment period from March 15 to April 30 for people to use HealthCare.gov if they discover they owe a penalty for not having coverage when filling out their taxes.

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Just A Bit Of DNA Helps Explain Humans' Big Brains

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Scientists have found some human DNA that, when added to mice, makes their brains bigger. But as DNA research into human brains goes forward, are there ethical lines we shouldn't cross?

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Pregnant And Uninsured? Don't Count On Obamacare Coverage

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Women who get pregnant and don't have health insurance can't sign up outside open enrollment until after they give birth. Advocates say that puts mother and child at risk of serious health problems.

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California Health Exchange Considers Extending Enrollment For Some

Friday, February 13, 2015

Plenty of uninsured people will discover they owe a penalty as they file their taxes over the next two months, and will also learn they could be locked out of buying insurance to solve the problem.

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Is Now The Time To Fix Rather Than Scrap Obamacare?

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Many of the problems with implementation of the Affordable Care Act over the past year and a half are rooted in the complexity of the law. Now, some people say the root causes need attention.

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In Puerto Rico, Health Overhaul Gets An Incomplete

Saturday, February 07, 2015

The U.S. territory implemented an unusual version of the Affordable Care Act. Insurers must offer coverage to everyone. But there's no mandate for people to buy it, and there are no subsidies to help.

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