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Where is the National Strategy on AIDS?

During the intense healthcare reform debate President Obama occasionally mentioned HIV infections and AIDS-related illnesses as among those pre-existing conditions that could no longer be used by health insurance companies to automatically exclude consumers from health insurance coverage. Yet the broader scope and crisis of the HIV and AIDS epidemic in America failed to garner much attention.

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Stupak Hints at Retirement and Senior Dems Are Trying to Talk Him Out of It?

Serious disconnect. MSNBC reports this morning that “at the top of the list” of concerns about “important incumbents” who might retire sits Michigan Congressman Bart Stupak.

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Insurance Industry Agrees to Cover Children with Pre-Existing Conditions

The Associated Press reported last night that “the insurance industry’s top lobbyist said insurers will accept new regulations to dispel uncertainty over a much-publicized guarantee that children with medical problems can get coverage starting this year.”

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Insurers Dispute Health Bill’s Mandate to Cover Children with Pre-Existing Conditions

Kaiser Health News reports today that the insurance industry lobbyists claim the health reform bill signed by President Obama this week lacks a clear mandate for immediate coverage of children with pre-existing conditions, potentially leaving these children vulnerable for four more years.  The Administration says it will fix the loophole.

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Coburn Introduces Amendments Not Found in His Own Health Care Bill

In keeping with their failed efforts to upend health reform, Senate Republicans are using several tactics to delay passage of the reconciliation bill now being debated.  First it was a work stoppage (are Senators unionized?), and now it is a string of irrelevant, and sometimes dangerous, amendments.

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(VIDEO) Mikulski: “Republicans Are From Mars; Dems From Planet Earth”

A day after Republicans decided to declare their own week of half-days at work and to stall as much as possible all Senate business, Senator Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) took to the floor of the Senate to reiterate some of the most important elements of health reform for women.

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Health Reform: A Victory for Reproductive Justice

Despite a significant set back for abortion access, health reform is still a victory for reproductive justice. 

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America’s Women: Still Waiting for the President to Restore Science to Its “Rightful Place”

In his inaugural address, President Obama declared his administration would “restore science to its rightful place.”  American women are still waiting.

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(UPDATED) The Health Care Bill and Women’s Health: Wins, Losses, and Challenges

Today, President Obama will sign into law the Affordable Health Care for America Act.  An initial summary of the wins, losses, and remaining challenges for women’s health and rights.

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(UPDATE and CORRECTION) White House Crafting Deal with Stupak on Executive Order

The White House is an executive order to placate Bart Stupak on a bill that already includes the most wide-ranging restrictions on women’s rights to choose since before Roe v. Wade.

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