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Pennsylvania Republicans Look to Impede Obamacare Sign Ups

Under the auspices of protecting patient information, Pennsylvania lawmakers have once again introduced legislation designed as an impediment to signing up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act.

Under the auspices of protecting patient information, Pennsylvania lawmakers have once again introduced legislation designed as an impediment to signing up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act.

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Amid Measles Outbreak, California School Tells Unvaccinated Students to Stay Home

When a student at Palm Desert High School was found to have been exposed to measles, school officials announced that 66 classmates who had not been fully vaccinated would be banned from school until the threat had passed.

When a student at Palm Desert High School was found to have been exposed to measles, school officials announced that 66 classmates who had not been fully vaccinated would be banned from school until the threat had passed.

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The CDC’s Newest Report on Opioids Prioritizes Hypothetical Fetuses Above Living Women

The CDC suggested in a press release that women “of reproductive age”—pregnant or not—should face additional scrutiny when it comes to receiving prescription painkillers, simply because they are biologically capable of hosting a fetus.

The CDC suggested in a press release that women “of reproductive age”—pregnant or not—should face additional scrutiny when it comes to receiving prescription painkillers, simply because they are biologically capable of hosting a fetus.

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Judge: California Medicaid Backlog Violates Law

Hundreds of thousands of Californians who applied for Medicaid have had their applications illegally delayed, and many have experienced “substantial and irreparable harm” as a result of living without health insurance, an Alameda County Superior Court judge ruled last week.

Hundreds of thousands of Californians who applied for Medicaid have had their applications illegally delayed, and many have experienced “substantial and irreparable harm” as a result of living without health insurance, an Alameda County Superior Court judge ruled last week.

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Study: Medicaid for Children Pays for Itself

Low-income children with access to health insurance are more likely to attend college and live longer than poor children without insurance, according to a groundbreaking new study published this month.

Low-income children with access to health insurance are more likely to attend college and live longer than poor children without insurance, according to a groundbreaking new study published this month.

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Lawsuit: Pennsylvania Unlawfully Delaying Health Coverage for Low-Income Women

Two women’s health groups along with a state resident on Tuesday filed a class action lawsuit against the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services, alleging that the department systematically delayed enrolling 85,000 low-income women for comprehensive health coverage.

Two women’s health groups along with a state resident on Tuesday filed a class action lawsuit against the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services, alleging that the department systematically delayed enrolling 85,000 low-income women for comprehensive health coverage.

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Start the Year With a Well-Woman Exam

Annual checkups are crucial to maintaining good health and catching problems early on. Dr. Sujatha Reddy explains why this exam isn’t just about getting a Pap smear. [via CNN]

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Inaccessible Medicaid Providers Are Another Sign of Our Failing Safety Net

According to a report from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, more than half of surveyed Medicaid providers are, in reality, completely inaccessible. This presents an obvious problem for huge numbers of Americans.

According to a report from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, more than half of surveyed Medicaid providers are, in reality, completely inaccessible. This presents an obvious problem for huge numbers of Americans.

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Obamacare Mandate Puts Uninsured Rate at All-Time Low

The percentage of Americans without health insurance has decreased dramatically since the implementation of the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) individual mandate, according to new polling by Gallup.

The percentage of Americans without health insurance has decreased dramatically since the implementation of the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) individual mandate, according to new polling by Gallup.

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Medicaid Pay Bump Expires, Worsens Health Care Landscape for Low-Income Patients

Many primary care doctors who see Medicaid patients this year will get a fee cut averaging nearly 43 percent, a drop that could threaten access to care for low-income Americans and the success of one of the Affordable Care Act’s key features.

Many primary care doctors who see Medicaid patients this year will get a fee cut averaging nearly 43 percent, a drop that could threaten access to care for low-income Americans and the success of one of the Affordable Care Act’s key features.

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