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Judge: California Medicaid Backlog Violates Law

Hundreds of thousands of Californians who applied for Medicaid have had their applications illegally delayed, and many have experienced “substantial and irreparable harm” as a result of living without health insurance, an Alameda County Superior Court judge ruled last week.

Hundreds of thousands of Californians who applied for Medicaid have had their applications illegally delayed, and many have experienced “substantial and irreparable harm” as a result of living without health insurance, an Alameda County Superior Court judge ruled last week.

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The ‘No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act’ Is Just as Extreme as the 20-Week Ban

To read news coverage of the anti-insurance bill that Republicans passed instead of a 20-week ban on abortion, you'd think the new bill is no big deal. In reality, though, it's just as bad in most ways.

To read news coverage of the anti-insurance bill that Republicans passed instead of a 20-week ban on abortion, you’d think the new bill is no big deal. In reality, though, it’s just as bad in most ways.

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Rand Paul Takes Inconsistent Stance on Federal ‘Personhood’ Legislation

Sen. Rand Paul marked last week’s anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision by arguing for the urgent passage of his federal ‘personhood’ legislation. But in 2013, he said he was in no rush to pass his own legislation, which, he claimed, was intended to spark a discussion.

Sen. Rand Paul marked last week’s anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision by arguing for the urgent passage of his federal ‘personhood’ legislation. But in 2013, he said he was in no rush to pass his own legislation, which, he claimed, was intended to spark a discussion.

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Scott Walker: Drug Testing Welfare Recipients Is a Jobs Measure

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) is planning to introduce policy that would require low-income residents pass drug tests before they qualify for a number of welfare programs.

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) is planning to introduce policy that would require low-income residents pass drug tests before they qualify for a number of welfare programs.

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Legal Wrap: 42 Years After ‘Roe,’ Too Many Still Lack Access

This week marked the 42nd anniversary of Roe v. Wade. Here's a roundup of some of the best pieces online on the state of abortions access in this country.

This week marked the 42nd anniversary of Roe v. Wade. Here’s a roundup of some of the best pieces online on the state of abortions access in this country.

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Let’s Use Our Abortion Stories to Push Policy Reforms in 2015

As more people share their abortion stories this year, let's ensure the policy agenda advocates are pushing for addresses the full spectrum of needs laid bare in these stories.

As more people share their abortion stories this year, let’s ensure the policy agenda advocates are pushing for addresses the full spectrum of needs laid bare in these stories.

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Study: Medicaid for Children Pays for Itself

Low-income children with access to health insurance are more likely to attend college and live longer than poor children without insurance, according to a groundbreaking new study published this month.

Low-income children with access to health insurance are more likely to attend college and live longer than poor children without insurance, according to a groundbreaking new study published this month.

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To Push Back Against Mounting Restrictions, We Must Be Honest About Abortion Care

As a provider, I will celebrate the anniversary of Roe v. Wade by discussing abortion in order to highlight just how unnecessary—and potentially dangerous—the anti-choice restrictions sweeping the country truly are for women and their families.

As a provider, I will celebrate the anniversary of Roe v. Wade by discussing abortion in order to highlight just how unnecessary—and potentially dangerous—the anti-choice restrictions sweeping the country truly are for women and their families.

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Tennessee Considers Half Measure in Expanding Medicaid

A plan to provide health care to low-income Tennesseans seems to be gathering support among state lawmakers, business leaders, and voters.

A plan to provide health care to low-income Tennesseans seems to be gathering support among state lawmakers, business leaders, and voters.

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Black Women Push ‘In Our Own Voice’ Reproductive Justice Agenda

Reproductive justice, organizers noted, is the belief that all women have the right to have children, the right not to have children, and the right to parent the children they have in a safe and healthy environment.

The agenda is “a powerful platform for us to really organize ourselves, to speak on our own behalf, and to be at the table when decisions are being made about us,” said La’Tasha Mayes, founder and executive director at New Voices Pittsburgh.

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