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Report: Morning after pill not always available to women 17 and older

In the wake of the federal government’s decision to overrule the FDA’s request to expand access to over-the-counter emergency contraception to women under the age of 17, a new report shows that even some women 17 and older are unable to obtain the morning after pill when they need it.

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.

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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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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NOW asks Obama to resist demands from bishops on birth control

By | 12.06.11 | 5:53 pm | More from The Florida Independent

The National Organization for Women (NOW), the largest organization of feminist activists in the U.S., has joined reproductive rights advocates in asking President Obama not to cave in to pressure from the Catholic leaders asking that he strike a recent decision that increases access to birth control for women.

Florida priest threatens to cancel employee health insurance as challenge to federal birth control decision

By | 12.02.11 | 4:32 pm | More from The Florida Independent

A Catholic priest in St. Petersburg is threatening to cut health insurance benefits from employees as a form of “civil disobedience” to challenge a recent decision by the federal government to include birth control in a list of preventive health care.

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HHS denies Indiana, Louisiana waiver of health insurance profit cap

By | 11.29.11 | 12:54 pm | More from The Florida Independent

A federal health agency Monday denied two states’ requests for waivers of a provision in the health care reform law that requires a profit cap for health insurance companies. Florida is currently waiting for a decision on a similar waiver from the agency.

Via The Hill:

The Department of Health

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Congressional hearing on ‘politicization of grants’ and Catholic Church scheduled for Thursday

By | 11.29.11 | 11:11 am | More from The Florida Independent

This week Congress will hold yet another hearing addressing a grievance from Catholic bishops, this time about a recent loss of federal funds.

The House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform will hold a hearing on Thursday titled, “HHS and the Catholic Church: Examining the Politicization of Grants,” More…

Panel says recommendation to provide birth control coverage without co-pay is ‘evidenced based’

By | 07.20.11 | 4:52 pm

The Institute of Medicine’s recent recommendation to the U.S. Department of Health to include birth control services in a list of preventive services for women has incited controversy among anti-abortion rights advocates where there should not be, members of the IOM panel said at a National Press Club briefing Wednesday. More…