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12
Oct
15

ObamaCare + Women = Progress

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Guttmacher Institute: Fewer U.S. Women Of Reproductive Age Were Uninsured In 2014

The percentage of women of reproductive age who were uninsured dropped sharply between 2013 and 2014, the first full year of implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The decrease among women aged 15–44, calculated by the Guttmacher Institute, mirrors broader national trends reported by the U.S. Census Bureau. This includes steeper drops in the uninsured rate in states that expanded Medicaid under the ACA compared with the rates in those states that did not. The proportion of reproductive-age women without health insurance declined by more than one-fifth between 2013 and 2014, from 17.9% to 13.9%. The change appears to have been driven primarily by gains in Medicaid coverage (from 17.2% to 20.2%). There was a small increase in the proportion of women with private health insurance, from 60.9% to 62.1%.

Gains in insurance coverage among reproductive-age women who live below the poverty line were substantial as well. The uninsured rate dropped by one-fifth, from 32.1% in 2013 to 25.6% in 2014. The gains in the proportion of women aged 15–44 who have insurance coverage has significant implications for access to health care in general, and to sexual and reproductive health care in particular. Medicaid has long offered a very robust package of sexual and reproductive health care services, including family planning services and supplies without out-of-pocket costs for enrollees. And the ACA has spurred significant improvements in private plans’ coverage; most notably, the contraceptive coverage guarantee ensures that privately insured women can access the full range of 18 Food and Drug Administration–approved contraceptive methods for women without out-of-pocket costs.

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24
Sep
15

A Tweet Or Two

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Look who came crawling

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Pope Francis does not play

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State Dinner tomorrow night

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Thinking people: 1. Paranoia driven people: 0

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#TGIT is back TONIGHT! My body is ready

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Douchebags

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Gut wrenching

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23
Sep
15

17.6M People Have Peace Of Mind. Thanks, ObamaCare

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Sarah Ferris: ObamaCare Sign-Ups Swell To 17.6 Million

A total of 17.6 million people have gained coverage under ObamaCare, according to a revised government estimate. The newest figure, which is based on national survey data, shows that 1.2 million more people had signed up for healthcare over the last five years than previously thought. The revised total includes 15.3 million people who gained coverage through the individual marketplace or through Medicaid. It also includes 2.3 million young adults who gained coverage because they were able to remain on a parent’s plan until they turn 26.

The new data also puts the Obama administration ahead of the health insurance gains estimated by the Congressional Budget Office for 2015. The CBO had predicted roughly 17 million people would gain coverage by 2015.  Health and Human Services (HHS) chief Sylvia Mathews Burwell announced the new figure Tuesday during a speech at Howard University Hospital, where she also highlighted the law’s impact on black and Hispanic populations. “This progress has been even bigger for people of color,” she said, pointing to the 10 percent drop in the uninsured rate among black Americans.

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22
Sep
15

A Tweet Or Two

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Go get registered and bring others with you

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Don’t come for Viola if she didn’t send for you

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 Scumbag

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21
Sep
15

A Tweet Or Two

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Bravo, bravo, bravo and Congratulations. It’s been a LONG time coming

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Thank you, Shonda Rhimes for reflecting the world as it should be. Also, the 3 women of color who have won Lead Actress at the SAG Awards have all come from Shonda Rhimes’ shows.  She has forever changed the face of TV and if you aren’t watching any of her shows, you need to correct that mistake

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The LOVE that Taraji P. Henson showed the Black actresses who won last night is beautiful. She gave them standing ovations and led the cheers and made sure the audience recognized such huge accomplishments

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A must watch speech

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This is the best ad Apple has put out for Apple Music. Social media was agog. Who created this masterpiece? AVA DUVERNAY! Plus, there’ll be more

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Historic

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BOOM

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Men? Don’t sleep

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Greedy jerks

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Yo, Hillary? What’s good?

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BOOYAH

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So, ye olde PM Cameron allegedly stuck his penis into a dead pig’s mouth while in college and commenced with the “sexy time.” And you thought the GOP was the only gift that keeps on giving

15
Sep
15

An Economic Lesson From President Obama

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15
Sep
15

A Historic Drop In The Uninsured Rate. Thanks, ObamaCare

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Dan Diamond: Thanks, Obamacare: America’s Uninsured Rate Is Below 10% For First Time Ever

For the first time in more than 50 years of surveys, the CDC on Wednesday reported that more than 90% of Americans — 90.8% of us, to be specific — have health insurance. Until now, no major survey had ever found that the uninsured rate in America has hit single digits. The data comes from the National Health Interview Survey, which the CDC and the Census Bureau have been conducting for more than 50 years.

Nearly 16 million fewer Americans were uninsured in early 2015 compared to 2013. And based on past precedent, there’s every expectation that the uninsured rate will continue to go down as enrollment in the ACA exchanges and Medicaid keeps going up. Having more insured customers is good for the health care industry, too. Hospitals are reporting huge jobs gains, and the health care sector is reporting its best 12-month stretch of new jobs in almost 25 years.

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11
Sep
15

A Historian Schools Joe Scarborough

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03
Sep
15

A Tweet Or Two

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Drops Mic

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“It’s a day that’s been months in the making: On Tuesday, Gov. Bill Walker’s Medicaid expansion program began accepting applications. With the official rollout, more than 20,000 Alaskans who previously did not qualify for Medicaid coverage became eligible”

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The cowardice of Cory Booker

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#TGIT takeover. WOOOOHOOOO!

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Welcome to the new definition of lame duck

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A cop lying?! What a “shocker”

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What a scumbag

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03
Sep
15

Who You Choose To Become President, Matters

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Jeffrey Young: New Rules Bar Transgender Discrimination In Health Care

The Obama administration is making a major push for transgender rights by prohibiting health insurance companies and medical providers from discriminating against patients because of their gender identities. Under a proposed regulation issued by the Department of Health and Human Services Thursday, transgender people would be entitled to equal treatment in health care and would gain the legal right to make civil rights claims against insurers, doctors, hospitals and others who deny them coverage or necessary care because they are transgender. That includes forbidding health insurers from categorically excluding treatments related to gender transitions.

Transgender people can face significant barriers to getting medical care, as insurers often won’t cover treatments such as hormone therapy and mental health counseling, especially when this care is related to transitioning, and health care providers sometimes refuse care. The health care regulation is the latest in a series of actions President Barack Obama has taken to advance transgender rights, including tangible steps like making it easier for people to get new passports that reflect their gender identity and symbolic gestures like mentioning transgender people during his State of the Union address.

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