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Obama Administration Orders Some Insurers To Cover Gay Spouses

Obama Administration Orders Some Insurers To Cover Gay Spouses

Legally married same-sex couples just gained a little more recognition in the eyes of the federal government.

The Department of Health and Human Services announced Friday that, starting with the 2015 plan year, insurance companies that provide coverage to opposite-sex spouses must also offer that coverage to same-sex spouses.

"In other words, insurance companies will not be permitted to discriminate against married same-sex couples when offering coverage," Matthew Heinz, the director of LGBT outreach at HHS, wrote in a blog post. Read more »

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ACA Helps Many Afford Cancer Treatment and Screenings

Cancer patients are living longer according to new data, and cancer treatment costs are increasing. In 2010, the average total cost for cancer treatment in the U.S. jumped to $125 billion. The Affordable Care act is helping to provide many low-income Americans with the ability to afford various cancer screenings to help prevent the disease from spreading. A common fear among those diagnosed with cancer is losing health care coverage if they can no longer work due to illness. The ACA will be able to provide affordable health care to those with cancer who have lost their jobs and health insurance, or do not have the funds to afford treatment. More here Read more »

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ACA Helps Many Afford Cancer Treatment and Screenings

Cancer patients are living longer according to new data, and cancer treatment costs are increasing. In 2010, the average total cost for cancer treatment in the U.S. jumped to $125 billion. The Affordable Care act is helping to provide many low-income Americans with the ability to afford various cancer screenings to help prevent the disease from spreading. A common fear among those diagnosed with cancer is losing health care coverage if they can no longer work due to illness. The ACA will be able to provide affordable health care to those with cancer who have lost their jobs and health insurance, or do not have the funds to afford treatment. More here Read more »

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Gay-rights movement in uncharted territory

Gay-rights movement in uncharted territory

No one ever accused Stephen Reinhardt of being timid.

The 82-year-old Ninth Circuit judge – often called the most liberal judge on the nation’s most liberal federal appeals court – has made a career of pushing the envelope. He has ruled, for example, that assisted suicide is a constitutional right and that the Second Amendment doesn’t give individuals the right to own guns. And his rulings in those cases, and many others, have been reversed by the Supreme Court. Indeed, a news article called him “one of the most overturned judges in history” – and that was in 1997, 17 years and dozens of reversals ago. Read more »

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How Obamacare Helps the LGBT Community

How Obamacare Helps the LGBT Community

Since taking office, President Obama and his Administration have taken significant steps to advance equality for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community. You’ve probably heard of many of these accomplishments: repealing “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” prohibiting anti-LGBT discrimination in hospitals and in housing, promoting international LGBT human rights, standing up against DOMA and then implementing the Supreme Court’s decision in United States v. Windsor.

That’s an important, and exciting, list of accomplishments over the last few years – but it’s missing one very important accomplishment: the Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as Obamacare. Read more »

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Psychiatrists Have Lower Health Insurance Acceptance Rates

According to a new study conducted at Weill Cornell Medical College in New York, insurance acceptance rates are considered to be lower for psychiatrists when compared to other physicians. The study has shown that, over recent years, the demand for mental health services has increased as insurance acceptance has decreased. The study calculated acceptance rates of Medicare and Medicaid by physicians versus psychiatrists and physicians who did and did not accept insurance. More here

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Psychiatrists Have Lower Health Insurance Acceptance Rates

According to a new study conducted at Weill Cornell Medical College in New York, insurance acceptance rates are considered to be lower for psychiatrists when compared to other physicians. The study has shown that, over recent years, the demand for mental health services has increased as insurance acceptance has decreased. The study calculated acceptance rates of Medicare and Medicaid by physicians versus psychiatrists and physicians who did and did not accept insurance. More here

Read more »

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Wal-Mart offers health benefits to U.S. workers' domestic partners

Wal-Mart offers health benefits to U.S. workers' domestic partners

(Reuters) - Wal-Mart Stores Inc said on Tuesday it will offer health insurance benefits to domestic partners of its U.S. employees starting next year, following the lead of other major companies.

The world's largest retailer, based in Bentonville, Arkansas, also plans to begin to offer vision care to its eligible employees and their dependents, according to information the retailer sent to workers this week.

Wal-Mart is the single biggest U.S. employer outside of the federal government. More than half of its 1.3 million U.S. employees are on its health-care plans. The company said it does not know how many workers would use the new benefits, which also include free hip and knee joint replacements. Read more »

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Survey Gauges Attitudes Of Workers Over 50

A recent survey from AARP and the Society for Human Resource Management polled 1,004 workers over the age of 50 to gauge their attitudes toward work, employee benefits, and alternative work arrangements. Among the results, the survey found that nearly 80 percent of workers over the age of 50 said they were working for financial reasons such as the need for money or health insurance, as opposed to for enjoyment or the desire to be productive. However, the older the worker, the more likely they were to say they were working for non-financial reasons. For example, nearly two in five workers over the age of 70 cited non-financial reasons for working or looking for work. Read more »

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Survey Gauges Attitudes Of Workers Over 50

A recent survey from AARP and the Society for Human Resource Management polled 1,004 workers over the age of 50 to gauge their attitudes toward work, employee benefits, and alternative work arrangements. Among the results, the survey found that nearly 80 percent of workers over the age of 50 said they were working for financial reasons such as the need for money or health insurance, as opposed to for enjoyment or the desire to be productive. However, the older the worker, the more likely they were to say they were working for non-financial reasons. For example, nearly two in five workers over the age of 70 cited non-financial reasons for working or looking for work. Read more »

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