Posts Tagged ‘healthcare

20
Jul
15

President Obama: A Champion For Women

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Laura Bassett: White House Finds Way Around Hobby Lobby Birth Control Decision

The Obama administration on Friday issued its final rules for employers who morally object to covering birth control in their health insurance plans. The accommodation ensures that all employed women, unless they work for a place of worship, will still have their birth control covered at no cost to them, even if their employers refuse to cover it. Under the new rule, a closely held for-profit company that objects to covering contraception in its health plan can write a letter to the Department of Health and Human Services stating its objection.

HHS will then notify a third-party insurer of the company’s objection, and the insurer will provide birth control coverage to the company’s female employees at no additional cost to the company. “Women across the country should have access to preventive services, including contraception,” HHS Secretary Sylvia Burwell said in a statement. “At the same time, we recognize the deeply held views on these issues, and we are committed to securing women’s access to important preventive services at no additional cost under the Affordable Care Act, while respecting religious beliefs.”

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30
Jun
15

Biggest Drop In Uninsured Rates?! Thanks, ObamaCare

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Sarah Kliff: Under Obamacare, America’s Uninsured Rate Has Fallen 35 Percent

14.1 million Americans have gained health plans since Obamacare’s coverage expansion began in 2014.
An additional 2.3 million young adults gained coverage between 2010 and 2013 — after Obamacare began requiring employer plans to offer dependent coverage through age 26. Federal officials say this is the largest drop in the uninsured rate since 1965, when Medicare and Medicaid began.

A new report from Health and Human Services finds that the uninsured rate has fallen from 20.3 percent prior to the health-care law down to 13.2 percent at the start of 2015. This is a 7.1 percentage-point decrease in the uninsured rate — or, to put it another way, a 35-percent decline in the number of Americans who lack insurance coverage. “Nothing since the implementation of Medicare and Medicaid has come close to this kind of change,” says Richard Frank, assistant secretary for evaluation and planning at Health and Human Services.

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25
Jun
15

Team Obama Biden: Partners

President Barack Obama shakes hands with Vice President Joe Biden in the Rose Garden of the White House, Thursday, June 25, 2015, in Washington, after speaking about that the Supreme Court upheld the subsidies for customers in states that do not operate their own exchanges under President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

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President Barack Obama flanked by Vice President Joe Biden, gives a statement on the Supreme Court health care decision in the Rose Garden at the White House. The Supreme Court upheld the ObamaCare subsidies for customers in states that do not operate their own exchanges in a 6-3 ruling

U.S. President Barack Obama (R) watches the reaction of Vice President Joe Biden  as delivers remarks  after the Supreme Court ruled 6-3 to uphold the nationwide availability of tax subsidies that are crucial to the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, in the Rose Garden at the White House in Washington June 25, 2015.    REUTERS/Gary Cameron

President Barack Obama tells Vice President Joe Biden a joke

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President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden shake hands before walking back to the Oval Office from the the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, Thursday, June 25, 2015, after the president spoke about the U.S. Supreme Court upholding the subsidies for customers in states that do not operate their own exchanges under President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden shake hands as they leave the Rose Garden to walk back to the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, Thursday, June 25, 2015, after the president spoke in the Rose Garden about the U.S. Supreme Court upholding the subsidies for customers in states that do not operate their own exchanges under President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

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President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden walk back to the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, Thursday, June 25, 2015, after the president spoke in the Rose Garden after the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the subsidies for customers in states that do not operate their own exchanges under President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

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U.S. President Barack Obama (R) and Vice President Joe Biden walk back to the Oval Office after speaking about the Supreme Court ruling to uphold the nationwide availability of tax subsidies that are crucial to the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, at the White House in Washington June 25, 2015. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

05
Jun
15

Jobs! Jobs! Jobs! Jobs! Thank you, President Obama

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