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Inaccessible Medicaid Providers Are Another Sign of Our Failing Safety Net

According to a report from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, more than half of surveyed Medicaid providers are, in reality, completely inaccessible. This presents an obvious problem for huge numbers of Americans. Image: Shutterstock The post Inaccessible Medicaid Providers Are Another Sign of Our Failing Safety Net appeared first on RH Reality Check.

Obamacare Mandate Puts Uninsured Rate at All-Time Low

The percentage of Americans without health insurance has decreased dramatically since the implementation of the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) individual mandate, according to new polling by Gallup. Image: Shutterstock The post Obamacare Mandate Puts Uninsured Rate at All-Time Low appeared first on RH Reality Check.

No, Asking for Corporate Accountability or Subway Courtesy Is Not ‘Slut-Shaming’

Twice this week, conservatives have tried to draw false equivalences between slut-shaming and discouraging behavior that causes actual harm. Here's why slut-shaming is wrong, but asking for corporate transparency or public transit etiquette...Show More Summary

Medicaid Pay Bump Expires, Worsens Health Care Landscape for Low-Income Patients

Many primary care doctors who see Medicaid patients this year will get a fee cut averaging nearly 43 percent, a drop that could threaten access to care for low-income Americans and the success of one of the Affordable Care Act’s keyShow More Summary

Texas Latinas Protest at Fifth Circuit Court [Video]

RH Reality Check Senior Political Reporter Andrea Grimes interviews reproductive justice activists from Texas' Rio Grande Valley who traveled to New Orleans this week to witness the proceedings at the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals on Texas' omnibus anti-abortion law, HB 2. Image: The post Texas Latinas Protest at Fifth Circuit Court [Video] appeared first on RH Reality Check.

New HPV Vaccine Could Prevent Vast Majority of Cases of Several Cancers

Gardasil 9, the newest version of the HPV vaccine to be approved by the FDA, has the potential to prevent 90 percent of cases of cervical, vulvar, vaginal, and anal cancers, but only if the vaccine becomes more widely accepted. Image: Shutterstock The post New HPV Vaccine Could Prevent Vast Majority of Cases of Several Cancers appeared first on RH Reality Check.

North Dakota Supreme Court Won’t Re-Hear Medication Abortion Arguments

The decision leaves in place an earlier ruling allowing a 2011 law restricting medication abortions to go into effect. Image: Shutterstock The post North Dakota Supreme Court Won’t Re-Hear Medication Abortion Arguments appeared first on RH Reality Check.

Salvadoran Council Uses Poverty to Justify Keeping ‘Las 17? in Prison

When determining whether to pardon the Salvadoran women incarcerated on abortion-related charges, the country's National Criminology Council gave "unfavorable" recommendations for 12 of them based on factors such as "scarce economic resources." Image: Shutterstock The post Salvadoran Council Uses Poverty to Justify Keeping ‘Las 17? in Prison appeared first on RH Reality Check.

Missouri Lawmakers: Police Reforms Needed in Wake of Michael Brown’s Killing

The Missouri General Assembly began the 2015 legislative session Wednesday with a focus on state laws and policies related to the killing of unarmed Black teenager Michael Brown, and the subsequent police crackdown last year in Ferguson. Image: Shutterstock The post Missouri Lawmakers: Police Reforms Needed in Wake of Michael Brown’s Killing appeared first on RH Reality Check.

Fifth Circuit Panel Peppers Attorneys With Tough Questions on Texas Abortion Law

At stake is the question of whether Texas' remaining legal abortion clinics—16 currently operate in the state, down from 41 a little more than 18 months ago—will be allowed to stay open without making costly renovations or leasing new...Show More Summary

House GOP Kicks Off New Session With 20-Week Abortion Ban Proposal

Anti-choice groups have aggressively lobbied Congress to move this and other bills restricting reproductive freedom, and lawmakers like Trent Franks and Marsha Blackburn have proved happy to oblige. Image: Shutterstock The post House GOP Kicks Off New Session With 20-Week Abortion Ban Proposal appeared first on RH Reality Check.

Report: 113th Congress Put Up Historic Fights for Reproductive Rights

Even though the 113th Congress was the least productive in modern history, it did manage to do some work to proactively fight for reproductive rights. Image: Shutterstock The post Report: 113th Congress Put Up Historic Fights for Reproductive Rights appeared first on RH Reality Check.

Anti-Choice Florida Lawmakers Introduce Admitting Privileges Bill

Florida lawmakers last week introduced a bill that would require abortion clinics have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles of the clinic. Image: Hospital The post Anti-Choice Florida Lawmakers Introduce Admitting Privileges Bill appeared first on RH Reality Check.

Fifth Circuit Hears Marriage Equality Arguments as SCOTUS Considers Stepping In

The conservative Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals considers marriage equality bans in Texas, Louisiana, and Mississippi the same day the Roberts Court considers stepping into the fray. Image: Shutterstock The post Fifth Circuit Hears Marriage Equality Arguments as SCOTUS Considers Stepping In appeared first on RH Reality Check.

Maine’s Republican Governor Spent $53,000 to Remove Young Adults From Medicaid Rolls

Gov. Paul LePage’s administration spent that money to hire a private lawyer after the state attorney general said she would not represent the state in its fight with the federal government, according to an Associated Press report. Image:...Show More Summary

Texas’ Omnibus Anti-Abortion Law Heads to Fifth Circuit Court

Texas' omnibus anti-abortion access law, which in part requires abortion providers to operate as mini-hospitals, will return to the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals this week. Image: Shutterstock The post Texas’ Omnibus Anti-Abortion Law Heads to Fifth Circuit Court appeared first on RH Reality Check.

Legal Scholar Calls for ‘Fetal Rescue Programs’ to End Abortion Debate

In a recently published paper, a Quinnipiac University School of Law professor argues that technology should empower the state to end abortion via widespread use of artificial wombs. Image: Shutterstock The post Legal Scholar Calls for ‘Fetal Rescue Programs’ to End Abortion Debate appeared first on RH Reality Check.

Heartbeat Ban, 72-Hour Waiting Period Laws Likely To Be Debated in Kansas

Kansas legislators are likely to debate legislation that could effectively ban abortion as early as three weeks' gestation. Image: Shutterstock The post Heartbeat Ban, 72-Hour Waiting Period Laws Likely To Be Debated in Kansas appeared first on RH Reality Check.

Nicki Minaj and the Inevitable Politicization of Celebrity Abortions

Nicki Minaj told a nuanced story about her high school abortion, but most of the headlines suggested that she is, or should be, ashamed of the experience. Sadly, this is what happens all too often when women try to tell complex abortion...Show More Summary

Anti-Abortion Stigma Is Not the Only Cultural Force Restricting Reproductive Rights

Racism and classism often affect the judgments made by individuals and lawmakers: Negative perceptions inspire policies dramatically reducing the ability of people of color or people living in poverty to make their own decisions when...Show More Summary

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