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Hawaii Workers Say Employer-Hired Docs Unfair

As the Supreme Court of the United States continues to evaluate the legality of the health care reform act put in force two years ago by President Obama’s administration, individual states continue to have health insurance debates of their own. One such debate is happening in the state of Hawaii, where, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser says, […]

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Supreme Court Declines to Hear Military Malpractice Case

On Monday, June 27th, the U.S. Supreme Court declined, without comment, to hear the California case Witt vs. U.S., that many activists thought was the best chance in decades to eliminate malpractice liability shields for military hospitals. The case concerned Dean Patrick Witt, a twenty-five-year-old staff sergeant from the Air Force who died after a […]

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Excerpts From President Obama’s Speech About the Budget

Yesterday, President Obama made a speech about his plan for sensible budget reform. As health care is one of his pet issues, and one we believe is vitally important, we were pleased to hear his views on that subject. What follows are a two numbered excerpts from the speech: 1. “Our approach lowers the government’s […]

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Friday Film Strips: Government Shutdown Over Planned Parenthood

As you probably know, there’s a threat of a government shutdown if a budget isn’t agreed to by midnight tonight. One of the issues is funding for Planned Parenthood, but it’s NOT about abortion because there are already laws preventing Planned Parenthood from using government funds for such procedures. De-funding Planned Parenthood would remove access […]

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Maine Gets Health Care Waiver

The state of Maine has been granted a waiver for one of the core provisions in the health care overhaul that was passed last year, due to the likelihood that enforcing the provision could completely destabilize the state’s market for individual health insurance. According to a letter from the U.S. Department of Health and Human […]

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Denying Coverage to Children is Illegal, Washington Commissioner Says

Mike Kreidler, Insurance Commissioner for the state of Washington has issued an order to Regence BlueShield telling them to stop illegally refusing to cover children. Last week, the company announced it would no longer sell policies to children, but according to Kreidler, “Regence is in clear violation of state law that prohibits insurers from denying […]

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49% Of People with Pre-Existing Conditions Denied Health Insurance, Report Says

One of the larger elements of the health insurance reform laws that were passed earlier this year was a ban on coverage denials for people with pre-existing health conditions. However, that part of the legislation is not yet in force and, perhaps in anticipation of times to come, the top for-profit health insurers in the […]

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Most Americans Feel Healthcare Reform Didn’t Go Far Enough

It was came into our knowledge during the weekend that despite a lot of controversy about the health care reform legislation passed last spring, most Americans don’t want less reform; they want more. A new poll from the AP found that U.S. citizens who feel the health care reform law should have greater scope outnumber […]

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Health Care Reform = Tax Credits for Many

A study released by Families USA, says that as a result of this year’s healthcare reform law, almost 29 million Americans will be eligible for new tax credits in 2014. The total tax break, researchers estimate, will reduce family income taxes by more than $110 billion in just the first year. In a teleconference with […]

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