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HHS “Provider Conscience” Rule Puts Public Health in Danger

The right of conscience is a time-honored value in our society. But it is not only health providers who have rights; so do patients.

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HHS Rule Out of Touch with Medical Reality

Health care providers already strain to serve women while respecting workers’ rights under existing laws. Now Secretary Leavitt has put even more obstacles between patients and the health care they need.

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HHS Provider Conscience Rule: You Better Shop Around

Today’s provider conscience regulations go so far as to put the onus on patients to divine what information and services might be withheld by any given provider, and then shop around to find alternatives.

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Unconscionable Policies, Dangerous Politics

The HHS provider conscience expansion is just one example of an insidious effort by religious right groups to tip the balance away from patient access to care and toward conscience exemptions without consequences.

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HHS Publishes Provider Conscience Expansion Rule

The Department of Health and Human Services today published a new regulation broadening protections for health care providers who refuse to provide health care services based on religious or moral grounds.

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Sen. Tom Daschle Formally Nominated as HHS Secretary

Former South Dakota Sen. Tom Daschle today was formally nominated as President-Elect Obama’s appointee to head the Department of Health and Human Services.

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The Weekly Pulse: Good and Bad News on Health Care

The HHS regulations are likely a done deal, but the movement for health care reform is gaining steam.

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The New Health Czar

President-Elect Obama’s choice for Secretary of Health and Human Services, former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle, will be responsible for implementing any health care reform Obama or the new Congress is able to pass. Will women’s health be on his agenda?

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Roundup: Abortion No Longer a “Wedge issue” in Western States; “Troubling Ramifications” of Cosmetic Genital Surgery

Abortion no longer a “wedge issue” in Western states; “troubling ramifications” of cosmetic genital surgery; Chinese woman allowed to continue her pregnancy; more about the next HHS Secretary.

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The Next, Pro-Choice Cabinet?

The attention of the politically obsessed has now turned to speculation about who might be tapped to fill key leadership positions in President-Elect Obama’s Cabinet. Will we finally have pro-choice appointees at the Department of Health and Human Services?

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