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All FDA-approved contraceptives should be fully covered under the healthcare reform law, a panel finds. Advocates see a win for women's health—and a political win for the Affordable Care Act.

A doctor and her patient

To a former health insurance executive, ALEC's fight against “Obamacare” looks familiar—and straight out of the corporate playbook.

In the Sixth Circuit, it was a George W. Bush–appointed disciple of Justice Scalia who cast the decisive vote to uphold the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate.

Rose Ann DeMoro discusses the Mainstreet Contract for America, a new activist movement inspired by nurses but extending to everyone.

Healthcare protest

The lesson Democrats should take from the backlash to Paul Ryan's Medicare plan? Voters do want government running their healthcare system.

Paul Ryan

Too bad for GOP strategists dreamed of surfing an austerity agenda to victory in 2012: voters despise Ryan’s plan to privatize Medicare.

Senate Majority leader Harry Reid has a plan to make sure Republicans give up on the Paul Ryan budget.

Paul Ryan says his plan to overhaul Medicare empowers Americans and guarantees coverage options. What it really does is gives the private insurance industry a green light to prey on seniors.

How much taxpayer money could government agencies save if they cracked down on scams like healthcare fraud? The answer, suggests a Harvard professor: hundreds of billions of dollars every year.

A woman holds her child in Nairobi, Kenya

An American nonprofit is offering HIV-positive Kenyan women $40 to use IUDs as long-term birth control—and women are taking them up on it. Is this the right way to prevent the transmission of HIV to children?

Blogs

But more often than not, states are preventing workers from securing unemployment benefits.

April 14, 2015

Underfunded, poorly designed systems of support are leaving survivors with instability over a lifetime.

April 6, 2015

Needle exchange programs save lives. So why are they illegal in 23 states?

April 1, 2015

We’ve reached a point where desperate women who end their pregnancies before viability are being locked up.

March 30, 2015

The 1970s-era legislation has been haunting politics and restricting abortion access for far too long.

March 25, 2015

When Chris Borland was trying to figure out his future, he spoke to an old school NFL rebel.

March 24, 2015

Some Democrats and health groups say this Senate bill is even worse than the outdated Toxic Substances Control Act of 1976.

March 19, 2015

The decision by Chris Borland to walk away from the NFL should be viewed as a conscious act of resistance.

March 18, 2015

Why did one of the NFL’s most promising players decide to retire after just one season?

March 17, 2015

If only there was some way to know what the authors of the Affordable Care Act really intended.

March 10, 2015