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Increasing Access to Health Insurance for Young Adults: An Unheralded Benefit of Health Reform

Young adults ages 18 to 29 have long been disproportionately uninsured–and for longer period of time–when compared to those in other age groups. Health reform is helping change that.

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Weekly Pulse: Sharron Angle Mocks Insurance for Autism; The Fight to Save Food Stamps

The woman gunning for Sen. Harry Reid’s (D-NV) job doesn’t believe that autism existsand the Senate is poised to slash the extra food stamp benefits in the stimulus before they expire.

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Arizona Bill Would Pull Abortion Coverage for All Public Employees

Arizona may soon potentially ban health insurance companies that cover any public employee — from librarians to state workers — from covering abortion or any health services related to abortion.

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Ben Nelson is My New Hero: At Least He Has the Courage of His Convictions

What women legislators should have said: It’s time to start over with this so-called health care bill. We’re not buying your Hobson’s Choice and neither are the women of America. We know who we represent, and we’re here to fight for them.

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Pregnant in Colorado? One Reporter’s Search (and Failure) to Find Maternity Coverage

Posing as a 34 year-old woman whose COBRA insurance was running out, this reporter went in search of an individual insurance plan that included maternity coverage in case of a future pregnancy and found not one, single plan in the entire state of Colorado that would cover maternity care.

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Update & Correction: Mandatory Coverage of Birth Control Not Insurance Commissioner’s Purview

Correction: In an earlier blog post, from last week, I wrote that the new DC Insurance Commissioner may have been responsible for allowing insurance companies to make contraceptive coverage non-mandatory under certain plans. The DC Insurance Commissioner responds – though birth control coverage is still not required coverage, for insurance companies operating in the district.

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Progressives Organize Sign-on Letter and Ad Campaign to Stop Stupak-Pitts

Support Congresswomen Diana DeGette (D-CO) and Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) who have launched a sign-on letter and ad campaign to stop the Stupak-Pitts amendment in health reform.
These Representatives have put themselves on the line to defend our rights. We need to stand behind them. Here’s how you can take action.

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(VIDEO) With Friends Like This… McCaskill Says Stupak Amendment Not That Bad

Is a Senator who says she’s pro-choice short-circuiting efforts to beat the Stupak Amendment in the Senate by conceding the point less than 48 hours after the disastrous vote in the House on this amendment? Is she signaling for the White House?

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(Video) “I Object!” Republicans Seek to Prevent Women Congressional Leaders from Speaking About Health Care

In a childish effort to obstruct Congresswoman Lois Capps from speaking on the House floor on health reform, Congressman Tom Price (R-GA) repeatedly intoned "I object."

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Where’s the Birth Control?

None of the bills emerging from either the House or the Senate require insurers to cover all of the elements of a basic gynecological "well-woman" visit leaving out essential care such as pelvic exams, STI counseling and – yes – birth control.

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