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Watch: What You Should Know About The New Rule On Short-Term Health Plans Feature
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Watch: What You Should Know About The New Rule On Short-Term Health Plans

Video discussion about the problems with short term health plans – also known as "skinny plans," which may have lower monthly premiums, but will not provide the benefits or protections required by the ACA.

States Act To Safeguard Young Cancer Patients' Chances To Have Children
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States Act To Safeguard Young Cancer Patients' Chances To Have Children

Some states are requiring insurance to pay for preserving eggs and sperm for young patients undergoing cancer chemotherapy so they have opportunities to have children later.

Fact Check: Who's Right On Protections For Preexisting Conditions? It's Complicated
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Fact Check: Who's Right On Protections For Preexisting Conditions? It's Complicated

Proposals to remove the ACA’s protections against discrimination in health insurance based upon preexisting conditions are both controversial and unclear, but they are being discussed in Congress and in political campaigns.

In the Balance: We Need to Ensure Access to Pain Management Options While Confronting the Opioid Crisis
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In the Balance: We Need to Ensure Access to Pain Management Options While Confronting the Opioid Crisis

In recognition of Pain Awareness Month, Phyllis Greenberger, HealthyWomen’s Senior Vice President for Science and Health Policy, reflects on the importance of safeguarding the health needs of chronic pain patients while confronting the opioid crisis.

Surprise Medical Bills Are What Americans Fear Most In Paying For Health Care
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Surprise Medical Bills Are What Americans Fear Most In Paying For Health Care

Many patients are receiving large medical bills for hospital or other services according to a Kaiser Family Foundation poll. This poll also found that most people strongly favor protecting the insurance coverage for people with pre-existing conditions.

Hidden Drugs And Danger Lurk In Over-The-Counter Supplements, Study Finds
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Hidden Drugs And Danger Lurk In Over-The-Counter Supplements, Study Finds

Over the counter drugs and supplements may contain dangerous toxins or unapproved drug ingredients, so people who take them may be risking serious health problems.

No More Secrets: Congress Bans Pharmacist 'Gag Orders' On Drug Prices
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No More Secrets: Congress Bans Pharmacist 'Gag Orders' On Drug Prices

Federal law now prohibits contract “gag” clauses that prevent pharmacists from telling patients that the cash price for a medicine may be less than what they would pay under their insurance plan.

The Remedy For Surprise Medical Bills May Lie In Stitching Up Federal Law
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The Remedy For Surprise Medical Bills May Lie In Stitching Up Federal Law

When people get surprise medical bills because they received care from out-of-network providers or clinicians, state laws designed to protect them from huge bills may not apply when their job-based health insurance if from a company that self-insures.

Parent Alert! Your Kid May Be Vaping More Than Tobacco
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Parent Alert! Your Kid May Be Vaping More Than Tobacco

Parents need to be concerned about what kids are using in vaping devices (also known as e-cigarettes) since they can contain marijuana and not just nicotine and flavorings.

Obamacare Premiums Dip For First Time. Some Call It A Correction.
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Obamacare Premiums Dip For First Time. Some Call It A Correction.

After dramatic increases in recent years, premiums for ACA insurance for individuals is going to decrease in many states next year for a variety of reasons.

'Contraception Deserts' Likely To Widen Under New Trump Administration Policy
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'Contraception Deserts' Likely To Widen Under New Trump Administration Policy

Federal policies that restrict access to clinics that provide women with contraception may mean women will only have access to clinics that offer few options and promote abstinence, or that have limited effectiveness in preventing pregnancies.

As Treatable As Diabetes? Lawmakers Push New Ways To Stem Opioid Addiction
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As Treatable As Diabetes? Lawmakers Push New Ways To Stem Opioid Addiction

When people are using medicines to treat their opioid use disorder – just like diabetics use insulin – and their insurance requires pre-authorization before they can get their monthly supply of their medicine, this puts them at great risk for relapse.

Pediatricians Put It Bluntly: Motherhood and Marijuana Don't Mix
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Pediatricians Put It Bluntly: Motherhood and Marijuana Don't Mix

Women who are pregnant of breastfeeding their infants should avoid marijuana since THC (one of the active compounds in marijuana) can easily cross the placenta and accumulate in the brain and fat of the fetus, and this can harm the fetus or their baby.

Say 'No' to NIH Funding Cuts
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Say 'No' to NIH Funding Cuts

Preserve research on sex differences.