Health Care


Wed August 1, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Under Health Law, 'No-Cost' Birth Control Starts Today

Originally published on Thu August 2, 2012 5:31 am

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius joins Democratic senators at a news conference on Capitol Hill on Tuesday to announce new preventive health coverage for women that takes effect Wednesday.
Win McNamee Getty Images

Beginning today, most new and renewing health insurance plans must begin offering a broad array of women's preventive health services, most notably coverage of birth control, at no upfront cost.

But even as they take effect, the new rules remain the subject of legal challenges.

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Thu July 26, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

GOP Says Coverage For The Uninsured Is No Longer The Priority

Originally published on Fri July 27, 2012 9:44 am

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell says covering the uninsured shouldn't be Republicans' top health priority.
J. Scott Applewhite AP

For decades, the primary goal of those who would fix the U.S. health system has been to help people without insurance get coverage. Now, it seems, all that may be changing. At least some top Republicans are trying to steer the health debate away from the problem of the uninsured.

The shift in emphasis is a subtle one, but it's noticeable.

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Tue July 17, 2012

Temp Firefighters Now Have Access to Health Insurance

President Barack Obama views fire damage with firefighters and elected officials in Colorado Springs, Colo., June 29, 2012.
Pete Souza Official White House Photo

About 8,000 temporary firefighters and their families now have access to federal health insurance. That’s thanks to a move from the Obama Administration that immediately extends eligibility for the group to Federal Employee Health Benefits (FEHB) program.

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Fri July 13, 2012

Using Stress To Protect Firefighters’ Hearts

Firefighters disproportionally experience cardiovascular events.
Master Sgt. Jeremy Lock Flickr-U.S. Air Force

Pushed to the max in stressful situations, firefighters face a risk of sudden cardiac death that is three times higher than the rest of the population.

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Tue July 10, 2012

Seasonal Firefighters To Receive Health Care Benefits

President Barack Obama greets firefighters while viewing fire damage in Colorado Springs, Colo., June 29, 2012.
Pete Souza White House

Seasonal Firefighters, including many who fought recent wildfires in the state, will now have access to the same health care federal employees receive.

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