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The Hissy Fit Continues: VA GOP Looks Set to Derail Upcoming Medicaid Expansion Talks

The Hissy Fit Continues: VA GOP Looks Set to Derail Upcoming Medicaid Expansion Talks
The Virginia General Assembly is set to discuss the Medicaid expansion in an upcoming session. Problem is, the Republican contingent looks set to derail the process before it even starts.
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Feds Will Release Hospital Mistake Data Again After Outcry From Researchers, Patients

Feds Will Release Hospital Mistake Data Again After Outcry From Researchers, Patients
After public outcry, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has again made information on hospital mistakes public. They had quietly stopped providing information last month, but researchers and patients would have none of it.
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NJ's Domino Effect: Paterson Becomes Fifth City With Mandated Earned Sick Days

NJ's Domino Effect: Paterson Becomes Fifth City With Mandated Earned Sick Days
Like dominos, New Jersey cities are one after the other passing sick day ordinances that would allow all workers to accrue paid time off for illnesses. The 3-5 days a year are a pittance compared to what's available in Europe, but at least it's a start.
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Obamacare Closed a Loophole for CEO Pay—And Won Taxpayers $72 Million

Obamacare Closed a Loophole for CEO Pay—And Won Taxpayers $72 Million
You probably didn’t realize that when you pay your premium today, you can rest assured that it’s paying for health care and not a CEO’s new yacht. You can thank the way ACA treats CEOs—and other executives—in the health care industry for that.
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WHO: E-Cigs Not Healthy Panacea Tobacco Companies Tout

WHO: E-Cigs Not Healthy Panacea Tobacco Companies Tout
Vaping is being sold as a risk-free alternative to traditional smoking. But the relatively new technology carries risks all its own.
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This Week in the Fight for Marriage Equality: Health Care Rights Frame Latest Court Case

This Week in the Fight for Marriage Equality: Health Care Rights Frame Latest Court Case
Dozens of couples are challenging Indiana's and Wisconsin's gay marriage bans in a case being heard Tuesday in the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago. Looming large in the case is the issue of medical emergencies faced by same-sex couples.
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Rick Callahan
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People ACT Healthier When Their CARE is AFFORDABLE (Hmm, What Was the Name of That Law, Again?)

People ACT Healthier When Their CARE is AFFORDABLE (Hmm, What Was the Name of That Law, Again?)
South Carolina is reaping the benefits of the Affordable Care Act, and not just health-wise. Because of the mandate that 80% of premiums be used for actual care, customers are actually seeing rebates. That's money from health insurance coming back. Who's heard of such a thing?
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Western Nations Doing 'Almost Zero' to Combat Ebola Crisis: Expert

Western Nations Doing 'Almost Zero' to Combat Ebola Crisis: Expert
A top official with the global health organization Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders, who has just toured the regions in west Africa most impacted by the ebola outbreak, says that western nations are doing far to little—"almost zero"—to combat the deadly disease and chastized nations capable of doing more for being selfish in their response to the growing crisis.
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Anti-Choice Zealots Say Their Own Actions Are Reason Enough to Keep North AL's Lone Clinic Closed

Anti-Choice Zealots Say Their Own Actions Are Reason Enough to Keep North AL's Lone Clinic Closed
Here's your logic: block the sidewalks, bus in scores of children, bellow at passersby through a bullhorn, and assault clinic escorts...and then complain about the "tension and violence" associated with the clinic. That's the noise clamoring out of the anti-choice movement of Huntsville, Alabama, as the zoning board heard their last-ditch effort to keep North Alabama's lone women's clinic from opening a new location.
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Denver Court Rules Once Again That Cancer Screenings and HIV Testing Aren't Actually Abortions

Denver Court Rules Once Again That Cancer Screenings and HIV Testing Aren't Actually Abortions
The Denver District Court dismissed a lawsuit against Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains last Monday. The suit, filed by former Lieutenant Governor and unsuccessful Senate candidate Jane Norton, alleged that the state violated an amendment to the state constitution that bars the use of taxpayer dollars for abortions — akin to the Hyde Amendment on the federal level.
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