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Report: Women in Pennsylvania’s ‘Coverage Gap’ Lack Critical Preventive Care

The biggest disparity among Pennsylvania women with and without health insurance was found regarding access to Pap smears and mammograms.

The biggest disparity among Pennsylvania women with and without health insurance was found regarding access to Pap smears and mammograms.

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Virginia Republicans Say They’ll Block Medicaid Expansion

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) has made it a top priority to remove the commonwealth from the list of 25 states that have declined to expand the number of individuals eligible for Medicaid under Obamacare.

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) has made it a top priority to remove the commonwealth from the list of 25 states that have declined to expand the number of individuals eligible for Medicaid under Obamacare. On Monday, House Speaker William Howell (R-Stafford) said his majority caucus is not going to play along.

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In Texas’ Rio Grande Valley, a Reproductive Health-Care Crisis Goes From Bad to Worse

Rio Grande Valley residents who seek an abortion now have limited options.

Rio Grande Valley residents who seek an abortion now have limited options: drive hundreds of miles; continue their pregnancy; schedule a later, more expensive procedure once they find the means to pay; or attempt to self-induce an abortion using occasionally dangerous and often ineffective means.

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Pennsylvania Abortion Statistics: The Distorted View From the Anti-Choice Lobby

Despite the gender-identity nondiscrimination provision of the Affordable Care Act, doctors say some insurance companies are rejecting coverage of basic preventive care.

Anti-choice advocates and lobbyists are calling the slight decrease in the number of abortions performed in Pennsylvania in 2012 “good news for women.” Is it really?

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Legal Wrap: New Year Kicks Off With Contraception Challenges

The year began on a sour note, with an emergency injunction in one of the legal challenges to the contraception mandate in Obamacare.

The year began on a sour note, with an emergency injunction in one of the legal challenges to the contraception mandate in Obamacare.

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Don’t Call Pennsylvania’s Proposed Medicaid Plan an ‘Expansion’

Victories in the realm of trans health care occasion so much celebration because of what health-care access can do; so many of the trans community’s immediate concerns are quite literally matters of life and death.

In short, Healthy PA would extend some coverage to Pennsylvanians in the health-care gap, but it doesn’t expand the Medicaid program, and would reduce benefits of current enrollees.

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In the GOP’s Oz, Congressmen Paint Sebelius as Wicked Witch

What most will remember from Wednesday's House hearing is a bunch of angry men yelling at a woman.

The glitchy rollout of Obamacare offered plenty of fodder for Republicans who oppose the bill. But what most will remember from Wednesday’s House hearing is a bunch of angry men yelling at a woman.

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One Million Low-Income Texans Fall Into ACA ‘Coverage Gap,’ With No Help in Sight

While the controversial new law, which went into effect Thursday, allows insurance companies to offer abortion coverage as an optional rider, it turns out that no companies will offer those riders on the individual market.

Texas Gov. Rick Perry continues to refuse a federal Medicaid expansion, leaving an estimated one million working Texans without access either to Medicaid or federal insurance subsidies.

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By Withholding the Medicaid Expansion, Republicans Will Keep the Unintended Pregnancy Rate High

With the Affordable Care Act, the United States has a good chance of drastically lowering its unintended pregnancy rates. Unfortunately, political posturing from Republicans is stalling the implementation of a key part of the law necessary to achieve that result.

With the Affordable Care Act, the United States has a good chance of drastically lowering its unintended pregnancy rates. Unfortunately, political posturing from Republicans is stalling the implementation of a key part of the law necessary to achieve that result.

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Where the Safety Net Won’t Catch Us: How Obamacare Fails Black Women on Maternal Health

Black women in America are more likely than their white counterparts to experience poor pregnancy outcomes.

Even with the Affordable Care Act in place, Black women will still be plagued by the chronic stress that comes with simply being Black in the United States.

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