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Don't Bet with Our Health: MGM Casino Workers to Keep Benefits

Don't Bet with Our Health: MGM Casino Workers to Keep Benefits
Union workers at Las Vegas Strip casinos owned by MGM Resorts International have overwhelmingly approved a contract that preserves health benefits and aims to bring back workers laid off when restaurants closed during the recession.
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50 Years After the Community Mental Health Act, Reports Show the Mental Health System Failing

50 Years After the Community Mental Health Act, Reports Show the Mental Health System Failing
Fifty years ago last week, President John F. Kennedy signed the Community Mental Health Act. The law signaled a shift in thinking about how we care for the mentally ill: instead of confining them into institutions, the act was supposed to create community mental health centers to provide support. But studies on the prevalence of mental illness among inmates and the homeless show many patients end up on the street or in jail, instead of served by the treatment centers envisioned in the law.
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Christie Thompson
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Four Things to Know About Today’s Obamacare Hearing

Four Things to Know About Today’s Obamacare Hearing
Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius will testify before the House Energy and Commerce Committee this morning. Here are four things (and dozens of links) you need to know before watching her speak before the committee.
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Charles Ornstein
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Medicaid Restrictions Making Abortion a Privilege, Not a Right, for Poor Texas Women

Medicaid Restrictions Making Abortion a Privilege, Not a Right, for Poor Texas Women
Americans are beginning to celebrate a healthier future for our country. Millions of people will receive coverage, no co-pays for preventive care, an end to discrimination based on pre-existing conditions, out-of-pocket expense caps, and much more. But one thing seems to be missing from this incredible list of health benefits: abortion coverage for poor Texans.
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Denying Medicaid Expansion at Local Level Could Cost States and Leave Thousands Uninsured

Denying Medicaid Expansion at Local Level Could Cost States and Leave Thousands Uninsured
State Rep. Frank Dermody examines the dangers of eschewing Medicaid's expansion in Pennsylvania, and around the country, under the intersection of the Affordable Care Act and state-level obstructionism.
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Frank Dermody
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Should Doctors Have To Pee In A Cup, Too?

Should Doctors Have To Pee In A Cup, Too?
A case could be made for doctors to take the same mandatory drug tests that athletes and police do. Nearly two in 10 doctors have substance abuse issues, near twice as high as the population at large.
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Obamacare is Already Helping People Across the Country

Obamacare is Already Helping People Across the Country
The health insurance market opened just yesterday and Obamacare is already helping people across the country.
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Louisiana Abortion Law Upheld, Also Sets Dangerous Precedent for Doctors in Miss and Texas

Louisiana Abortion Law Upheld, Also Sets Dangerous Precedent for Doctors in Miss and Texas
Texas isn't the only state attempting to restrict women's access to reproductive health rights. Louisiana did too, and a recent federal court decision shows how the Louisiana law could have implications in Texas and Mississippi, too. The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals stopped a challenge to a Louisiana law that treated abortion providers differently from other physicians who don't provide the procedure.
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GOP Desperate to Defund Obamacare Now Because They Know its Popularity is About to Skyrocket

GOP Desperate to Defund Obamacare Now Because They Know its Popularity is About to Skyrocket
Why are the Tea Party Republicans so desperate to defund ObamaCare right now? Because they know that once it is fully implemented, it will be impossible to take away the many benefits of ObamaCare. It is one thing to prevent something good from being passed by Congress. It’s quite another to take something away from the voters.
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'The System Is Rigged' and 11 Other Great Quotes from Elizabeth Warren

'The System Is Rigged' and 11 Other Great Quotes from Elizabeth Warren
Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) will be one of the keynote speakers at the AFL-CIO 2013 National Convention in Los Angeles from Sept. 8–11. Here are 12 key quotes from her that show why she is a champion of the 99%.
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