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A protest sign at a 2019 Stop Abortion Bans Rally in St Paul, Minn.

Abortion opponents’ efforts to exclude exceptions for rape, incest or to save the life of the mother are politically risky - the majorities of Americans who support allowing those exceptions are nearly as large as the majorities who oppose abortion late in pregnancy. Read more»

Medicare has remained popular, but it has grown less generous than most private insurance policies.

“Traditional” Medicare does not cover many benefits used overwhelmingly by its beneficiaries, including most vision, dental and hearing care - and drug coverage is available only by purchasing a separate insurance plan - but Democrats in Congress plan to try to change that. Read more»

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Xavier Becerra formally swore in Chiquita Brooks-LaSure as Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) on May 27 following bipartisan confirmation by the U.S. Senate.

Chiquita Brooks-LaSure, new head of the federal agency that oversees health benefits for nearly 150 million Americans and $1 trillion in federal spending, said in one of her first interviews that her top priorities will be broadening insurance coverage and ensuring health equity. Read more»

Not all Planned Parenthood affiliates perform abortions, but many do, and abortion opponents have complained for years that the federal funding was indirectly subsidizing the abortion industry.

The Biden administration Wednesday formally proposed the repeal of Trump-era regulations barring abortion referrals and making other changes intended to evict Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers from the federal family planning program, Title X. Read more»

Voters called health care the most important issue facing the country in 2018, and states — not Washington — may lead the way toward expanding coverage. Read more»

After weeks of will-they-or-won’t-they tensions, the House managed to pass its GOP replacement for the Affordable Care Act by a razor-thin margin. Now the bill — and the multitude of questions surrounding it — moves across the Capitol to the Senate. And the job doesn’t get any easier, with only a two-vote Republican majority and no likely Democratic support. Read more»

Leading Republicans have vowed that even if they repeal most of the Affordable Care Act early in 2017, a replacement will not hurt those currently receiving benefits. But that may be difficult for one big reason — Republicans have also pledged to repeal the taxes that Democrats used to pay for their health law. Without that funding, Republicans will have far less money to spend on whatever they opt for as a replacement. Read more»

President-Elect Donald Trump has pledged to end the Affordable Care Act, which President Barack Obama signed into law in 2010.

Promising to make the law go away, as President-elect Donald Trump did repeatedly, and actually figuring out how to do it, are two very different things. Read more»

Women are saving a lot of money as a result of a health law requirement that insurance cover most forms of prescription contraceptives with no additional out-of-pocket costs. But the amount of those savings and the speed with which those savings occurred surprised researchers. Read more» 1

The agency has been heavily criticized for its response to a threat that requires team action by federal, state and local agencies. Read more» 2

E. Barrett Prettyman Federal Courthouse in Washington, D.C.

A three-judge panel at the U.S. Appeals Court for the D.C. Circuit threw the fate of an important part of the Affordable Care Act into doubt Tuesday. Meanwhile, just an hour later, a panel of the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals came to the opposite conclusion – upholding the federal subsidies. Read more»

State laws and an Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ruling may come into play. Read more»

A sharply divided Supreme Court ruled Monday that at least some for-profit corporations may not be required to provide contraceptives if doing so violates the owners’ religious beliefs. Read more»

After receiving a letter placing her on an insurance waiting list, Kaiser Health's Julie Rovner asks, "Seriously? Wasn't the health law was supposed to end that?" Read more»

The health systems serving veterans and military members are separate, but both are under scrutiny. Read more»

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