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On Medicaid, Shame, and Not Being Silent

Shame is a powerful cultural and political tool that has been used to keep people from accessing the resources they need.

Shame is a powerful cultural and political tool that has been used to keep people from accessing the resources they need. Shame has kept my name anonymous in this article, but it will not stop me from accessing health care, telling this story, or encouraging others to do the same.

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Research Shows Philadelphia Failing UN Maternal and Infant Health Goals

Increasing support for family policy among lawmakers is encouraging—but what about the commitment of the private sector?

Philadelphia’s dire performance can be attributed to the collision of two major factors: widespread, profound poverty and a sharp reduction in the number of hospitals providing maternity care.

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First They Come for Your Insurance Coverage. Is Your Bank Account Next?

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Anti-choice attacks on women’s access to insurance coverage for contraception and abortion are, in part, about building a legal case for controlling the private finances of women. The arguments being used could in the future apply even to your bank account.

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More Anti-Obamacare Misogyny, and Abortion Access for Rural Women

On this episode of Reality Cast, I interview a representative of Provide about the struggle to get abortion access to rural women. In another segment, I discuss how Rush Limbaugh has decided Obamacare is a plot for oversexed women to steal men’s money, and high school kids in Texas get a sexist abstinence-only Christian speaker prevented from coming to their school again.

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Washington State Rule Would Require Hospitals to Disclose Reproductive Health-Care Services

A bill that would have banned telemedicine abortions died in the Iowa legislature Friday after failing to meet a legislative deadline.

New rules proposed by the Washington health department would require hospitals to disclose what reproductive health-care and end-of-life services they provide. Behind the push are concerns about the ethical religious directives of religiously affiliated hospitals.

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In the GOP’s Oz, Congressmen Paint Sebelius as Wicked Witch

What most will remember from Wednesday's House hearing is a bunch of angry men yelling at a woman.

The glitchy rollout of Obamacare offered plenty of fodder for Republicans who oppose the bill. But what most will remember from Wednesday’s House hearing is a bunch of angry men yelling at a woman.

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‘Breast Cancer Unawareness’: The Debate Over Dense Breast Notification Legislation (Updated)

Experts say it’s more difficult for a mammogram to spot a tumor behind glandular and fibrous tissue; it’s easier for the machine to see through fatty tissue.

Beyond the mainstream breast cancer awareness movement, with its pink billboards and merchandise, a lower-profile campaign focused on raising awareness about breast density has been building steadily.

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How Health-Care Reform Could Improve Employment Prospects for People With Disabilities

In attempting to reverse troubling unemployment trends among persons with disabilities, disability rights advocacy groups are looking to the health-care sector as a solution.

In attempting to reverse troubling unemployment trends among persons with disabilities, disability rights advocacy groups are looking to the health-care sector as a solution.

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One Million Low-Income Texans Fall Into ACA ‘Coverage Gap,’ With No Help in Sight

While the controversial new law, which went into effect Thursday, allows insurance companies to offer abortion coverage as an optional rider, it turns out that no companies will offer those riders on the individual market.

Texas Gov. Rick Perry continues to refuse a federal Medicaid expansion, leaving an estimated one million working Texans without access either to Medicaid or federal insurance subsidies.

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How Abortion Is Being Used as a Ruse to Attack Health Care Writ Large

While the controversial new law, which went into effect Thursday, allows insurance companies to offer abortion coverage as an optional rider, it turns out that no companies will offer those riders on the individual market.

States are banning private citizens from using their own money to buy insurance from private insurers if a plan covers abortion. It’s part of a larger strategy by anti-Obamacare forces to insert abortion into the debate as often as possible with the goal of stigmatizing health-care reform and killing the Affordable Care Act.

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