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Medicare Can Now Cover Surgical Procedures for Transgender People

Transgender people seeking surgery as a part of their transition-related health care can no longer automatically be rejected by Medicare, a U.S. Department of Health and Human Services appeals board ruled Friday.

Transgender people seeking surgery as a part of their transition-related health care can no longer automatically be rejected by Medicare, a U.S. Department of Health and Human Services appeals board ruled Friday.

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Competing Rights: Exploring the Boundaries of ‘Conscientious Objection’

From the human rights perspective, we see the ability to exercise conscience as fundamental to individual integrity.

Earlier this month, Joyce Arthur and Christian Fiala argued in a piece for RH Reality Check that clinicians should not be permitted to claim “conscientious objection” as grounds for refusing to provide abortion or contraception, taking issue with any tolerance of it. Global Doctors for Choice thinks differently on both philosophic and strategic grounds.

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Why We Need to Ban ‘Conscientious Objection’ in Reproductive Health Care

The exercise of conscientious objection is a violation of medical ethics because it allows health-care professionals to abuse their position of trust and authority by imposing their personal beliefs on patients.

The exercise of conscientious objection is a violation of medical ethics because it allows health-care professionals to abuse their position of trust and authority by imposing their personal beliefs on patients.

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Louisiana Governor Moves Forward With Hospital Privatization Plan Without Federal Agency’s Approval

Gov. Bobby Jindal’s administration is moving forward with a plan to privatize some of Louisiana’s state-run hospitals, despite the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services rejecting the use of federal funds that would have provided a significant source of financing for the plan.

Gov. Bobby Jindal’s administration is moving forward with a plan to privatize some of Louisiana’s state-run hospitals, despite the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services rejecting the use of federal funds that would have provided a significant source of financing for the plan.

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A Look at the Affordable Care Act Enrollment Numbers

In states that didn't expand Medicaid, like Pennsylvania, the number of people left in the coverage gap exceeds the number of newly insured.

In states that didn’t expand Medicaid, like Pennsylvania, the number of people left in the coverage gap exceeds the number of newly insured.

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Louisiana Plan to Privatize Hospitals With Federal Funds Rejected by Federal Agency

Gov. Bobby Jindal’s administration had made deals involving the privatization of the state-run hospitals, but the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services informed the state on Friday that the deals do not meet federal Medicaid guidelines.

Gov. Bobby Jindal’s administration had made deals involving the privatization of the state-run hospitals, but the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services informed the state on Friday that the deals do not meet federal Medicaid guidelines.

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Maine Governor’s Veto of Women’s Health Bill Sustained by Legislature

Gov. Paul LePage (above) vetoed a bill that would have expanded Medicaid coverage of family planning services for nearly 14,000 low-income women, and a vote to override the veto failed.

Gov. Paul LePage vetoed a bill that would have expanded Medicaid coverage of family planning services for nearly 14,000 low-income women, and a vote to override the veto failed.

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Author John Green Explains the High Cost of Health Care in the United States

Educational vlogger and young adult fiction author John Green compares the U.S. health system with others around the world, drawing attention to the U.S. system’s shortcomings and the misconceptions that drive Americans to perpetuate them. [via UpWorthy]

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Texas Attorney General Defends Hospital That Employed ‘Sociopathic’ Neurosurgeon

Greg Abbott wants to defend a state statute that Texas hospital patients say prevents them from being able to hold hospitals, and the doctors they grant privileges to, accountable when they practice bad medicine.

Greg Abbott wants to defend a state statute that Texas hospital patients say prevents them from being able to hold hospitals, and the doctors they grant privileges to, accountable when they practice bad medicine.

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Washington Policy Disclosures Provide Little Clarity on Reproductive Health-Care Access at Hospitals

As required by a new state mandate, most hospitals in Washington have submitted their policies on patients’ access to a variety of health-care options. However, the policies vary significantly in format, information provided, and availability of access for people seeking reproductive health care.

As required by a new state mandate, most hospitals in Washington have submitted their policies on patients’ access to a variety of health-care options. However, the policies vary significantly in format, information provided, and availability of access for people seeking reproductive health care.

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