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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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Roundup: Ross Douthat on 08 Republican Electoral Losses; Obama and the Federal Courts

Debate over abortion shifts to debate over rights of health care workers; anti-choice movement not to blame for 2008 Republican electoral losses?; Obama can reshape federal courts; Indian ashram rejects woman living with HIV.

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How a Hospital in Wasilla Connects to New HHS Regulations

A fight over provider conscience in Wasilla, Alaska, has repercussions in the current debate over new HHS regulations.

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Bush Administration: We Can So Promulgate New HHS Regulations!

Is the Bush administration laying the administrative groundwork for promulgating the new HHS provider conscience regulations?

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VIDEO: Birth Control At Risk in Proposed HHS Regulation

In Maine, family planning providers are concerned about contraceptive and health care access issues already. So a proposed new regulation from the Department of Health and Human Services has them outraged.

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Huge Economic and Health Costs of New HHS Regulation Dismissed

The Bush Administration claims that the benefits of the new HHS provider conscience regulation outweigh the costs. But they reached this conclusion without using any data or proof.

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Bush ‘Conscientious Refusal’ Puts Us All At Risk

Whatever religious values medical providers hold, we must also respect our patients’ right to know all of their treatment options. For us, patients come first.

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Clinton, Murray Urge Leavitt to Protect Patients’ Access to Care

Sen. Hillary Clinton and Sen. Patty Murray met yesterday with Health and Human Services Secretary Michael Leavitt to express their disagreement with proposed HHS regulations that would broaden existing provider conscience protections.

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