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House Republicans plan: Delay individual mandate for five years

The idea is to use the savings to reverse the annual SGR cut for Medicare doctors. Also, a group of Catholic employers in Oklahoma is suing about the health law's contraception coverage exception. [More]
Viewpoints: 'Middlling news' on enrollment; 'secret mandate exemption;' Obama's surprising appearance between two ferns

Viewpoints: 'Middlling news' on enrollment; 'secret mandate exemption;' Obama's surprising appearance between two ferns

By the beginning of the month, 4.2 million people had selected a plan. But that doesn't mean they have insurance. Reporters on a conference call asked about the number who had paid, and the administration's representatives said they don't know. [More]

Polls examine support for health law, contraceptive coverage requirement

A CNN/ORC poll detected a slight increase in support for the overhaul, with much of it coming from upper-income and college-educated people. Meanwhile, an NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll found 53 percent of Americans agree with the rule requiring most employers to cover contraceptive coverage. [More]

First Edition: March 12, 2014

Today's headlines include stories about the Obama administration's latest tallies regarding how many Americans have signed up for Obamacare coverage and the outcome of a Florida special election that was marked by health law themes. [More]

Parsing the ACA's impact on farmers, community health centers

Farmers, who often rely on individual policies, may find it easier to get routine medical care through policies sold on the health law's online exchanges. Meanwhile, community health centers face reduced federal support in fiscal 2016 and the battle over the law's contraception mandate highlights a dispute over whether certain forms of birth control prevent conception or destroy a fertilized egg. [More]

Antares Pharma announces launch of OTREXUP to Dermatologists

Antares Pharma, Inc. today announced LEO Pharma's launch of OTREXUP to Dermatologists, the first U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved subcutaneous (SC) methotrexate (MTX) product for once weekly self-administration with an easy-to-use, single dose, disposable auto injector. [More]

WHO launches new guidance to help countries provide contraception information and services

In advance of International Women's Day on 8 March 2014, WHO is launching new guidance to help countries ensure human rights are respected in providing more girls, women, and couples with the information and services they need to avoid unwanted pregnancies. [More]
Women using DMPA injection more likely to acquire HIV than women using NET-EN

Women using DMPA injection more likely to acquire HIV than women using NET-EN

Women who used an injectable contraceptive called DMPA were more likely to acquire HIV than women using a similar product called NET-EN, according to a secondary analysis of data from a large HIV prevention trial called VOICE, researchers from the National Institutes of Health-funded Microbicide Trials Network reported today at the 21st Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections in Boston. [More]
Majority of women experience reproductive coercion and intimate partner violence

Majority of women experience reproductive coercion and intimate partner violence

Enough women experience reproductive coercion - male behavior to control contraception and pregnancy outcomes - that a research team now recommends health care providers address the subjects with their patients and tailor family planning discussions and recommendations accordingly. [More]

TherapeuticsMD's fourth quarter 2013 net revenue increases to $2.9 million

TherapeuticsMD, Inc., a women's healthcare company, today announced results for the three-month period and full-year ended December 31, 2013. [More]

Appeals Court rules against Notre Dame in contraception lawsuit

In a blow to religious colleges and universities across the country, the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago denied Notre Dame's request for an injunction to the ObamaCare birth control mandate that requires the school to provide coverage for contraception. [More]

Federal court rules against Notre Dame in contraception case

The university with strong ties to the Catholic Church must now provide birth control coverage to students and employees as mandated in the health law. [More]
First Edition: February 24, 2014

First Edition: February 24, 2014

Today's headlines include continuing coverage of Medicare Advantage payment rates, as well as a range of stories about the health law's Medicaid expansion and online insurance marketplaces. [More]
Research roundup: Palliative care and ACOs; employers and Supreme Court case on contraception

Research roundup: Palliative care and ACOs; employers and Supreme Court case on contraception

In preparation for the new ACO environment, leaders recognized the contribution palliative care can make to health care "value," especially in the care of our sickest (and most expensive) patients ... [More]
Bayer enrolls patients for Phase III trial of Stivarga (regorafenib) tablets in colorectal cancer

Bayer enrolls patients for Phase III trial of Stivarga (regorafenib) tablets in colorectal cancer

Bayer HealthCare today announced that the company has begun to enroll patients in the COAST trial studying Stivarga® (regorafenib) tablets in colorectal cancer (CRC) patients with resected liver metastases. [More]

Obama administration to delay requirement for mid-sized employers to provide health insurance to workers

Officials announced Monday that the government will not enforce the mandate for businesses with 50 to 99 workers until 2016. In addition, larger employers will also be allowed to cover just 70 percent of workers in 2015, instead of the 90 percent originally required. [More]

Insurers say limited doctor choice key to plan affordability under health law

Insurers are saying that offering more narrow networks of which doctors patients can see or hospitals they can go to is vital to keeping costs down in plans offered under the health law. In the meantime, some insurers are offering supplemental plans to fill in these gaps. [More]

First Edition: February 6, 2014

Today's headlines include reports about how the day-after debate about the Congressional Budget Office's updated health law projections played out on Capitol Hill. [More]

Viewpoints: Drop in abortion rates may have something to do with better contraception; GOP health law alternative 'designed to fail'

A new study released on Monday finds that the abortion rate among American women declined to its lowest level in more than three decades in 2011. ... Notably, though, the decline in abortions from 2008 to 2011 was mirrored by a decline in pregnancy rates that the researchers say may reflect stricter adherence to birth control methods during recession, and the growing use, especially among younger women, of reliable long-term contraceptives, like the intrauterine device, or IUD. [More]

Viewpoints: Obama drops 'grand bargain' talk; Mitch Mcconnell in tough spot on health law

What didn't make the cut? ... A "grand bargain": For three years, Obama pursued a big fiscal deal that would have traded higher taxes (a Democratic goal) for cuts in long-term spending on Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security (a Republican goal). [More]