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Supreme Court hearings in Affordable Care Act case to begin in March

The Supreme Court announced today that its hearings in the lawsuit challenging the new federal health care reform law will begin on March 26 and will last three days.

Judge may hear challenge to federal decision on Plan B

A women’s health advocacy group plans to reopen a legal fight to challenge the federal government’s decision to overrule a request from the FDA to expand access to the morning after pill, also called Plan B, to women under the age of 17.

AP: 2.5 million young adults obtained health insurance under Affordable Care Act

By | 12.14.11 | 1:14 pm | More from The Florida Independent

According to new information, a provision in the Affordable Care Act has helped 2.5 million young adults gain health insurance since the law took effect.

Approved GOP House bill extends payroll tax cuts, reduces unemployment compensation

By | 12.14.11 | 9:58 am | More from The Florida Independent

The GOP-sponsored “Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act,” which extends payroll tax cuts and extends but reduces unemployment benefits through 2012, passed in the U.S. House Tuesday night, but it will not pass in the Senate.

Senate Dems ask Sebelius for ‘scientific rationale’ behind emergency birth control decision

By | 12.13.11 | 5:02 pm | More from The Florida Independent

Fourteen U.S. Senate Democrats have sent a letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius asking for the “scientific rationale” behind her decision to reverse an FDA request to expand access to over-the-counter emergency contraception for teenagers under the age of 17.

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VIDEO: Polis questions AG Holder on medical marijuana

Colorado Rep. Jared Polis (D-Colo.) wasted no time in taking advantage of his appointment to the Judiciary Committee. Polis questioned Attorney General Eric Holder last week during an oversight hearing on the Department of Justice and asked whether the Ogden memo was still in effect.

Report: Funding for nation’s community health centers at a seven-year low

By | 12.09.11 | 5:35 pm | More from The Florida Independent

A new report shows that states all around the country have cut funding for community health centers — bringing funding for them to a seven-year low.

Colorado to join other states asking feds to reclassify marijuana

By | 12.08.11 | 1:55 pm | More from The Colorado Independent

Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chaffee and Washington Gov. Christine Gregoire have petitioned the federal government to change the schedule of marijuana under the Controlled Substances Act, a move they claim will remove the conflict between federal and state drug laws, which will in turn allow for the establishment of More…

Reproductive rights groups compare Obama to Bush for Plan B decision

By | 12.08.11 | 12:26 pm | More from The Florida Independent

Women’s health advocates all over the country were stunned yesterday when Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius reversed an FDA request to expand access to over-the-counter emergency contraception for teenagers under the age of 17. In press releases denouncing the decision, a common theme has emerged: President Obama has followed in

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Rep. DeGette laments HHS move against expanding access to emergency birth control

By | 12.08.11 | 9:46 am | More from The Colorado Independent

Colorado U.S. Rep. Diana DeGette, head of the pro-choice caucus and a staunch advocate for women’s health rights, said she was disappointed that the Obama administration’s Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius on Wednesday opposed a recommendation by the Food and Drug Administration, announcing she would deny a More…