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It Don’t Come Easy: Changing Health Insurance in America, Part Two

Several days ago, I wrote about the ordeal I have been going through trying to move my health insurance from Kentucky to Maryland.  It’s an ongoing–and expensive–saga.

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Anti-Choice Republicans Using Repeal as Attack on Reproductive Rights

Women’s groups are clear: the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is critical to women’s health and health care access. From eliminating pre-existing conditions as a way to prohibit coverage to ensuring access to preventive health care, the health reform law is crucial to women’s health. Still, anti-choice Republicans are using it as a way to attack reproductive rights.

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California Moms and Children Receive Boost from Legislature

Two bills with the power to significantly improve the health and lives of California’s women and children await Governor Schwarzenegger’s signing in the final days of the state’s legislative session.

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High Risk Insurance Pools, or Yet Another Way to Screw Over Women

So we come to another battle over abortion in health care, only this time, the Obama administration caved even before anti-choicers brought out their pitchforks.

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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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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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Roundup: Is Abortion a Deal Breaker?, Righting the Discriminatory Wrongs in Health Care Reform, Too Late for Nadya Sulyeman

What do pro- and anti-choice lawmakers, advocates and others have to say about abortion in health care reform efforts? In good news, the latest version of health care reform legislation includes tremendous boons for women’s health. And assisted reproductive technology findings come too late for Nadya¬† Sulyeman…

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Drugged, Raped and Denied Insurance

After being drugged and raped on a business trip, I received counseling and anti-HIV medications to help me survive. But to insurance companies my rape and treatment were “pre-existing conditions.”

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Weekly Pulse: Pelosi Champions Public Option

As health care reform moves into the closed-door, intra-party negotiation phase, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is emerging as a champion of a public option, though she has wavered about how tough that plan should be on payouts to providers.

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