Cafeteria workers are among the public employees whose hours are being cut as a result of Affordable Care Act rules, according to a lawsuit by 39 Indiana school corporations.
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Indiana Continues Its Legal Fight Against Obamacare

The Affordable Care Act passed its second major test before the Supreme Court Thursday. The justices ruled 6-3 that the federal subsidies were constitutional in all states, regardless of whether they had created their own insurance exchanges or their exchanges are run by the federal government. Lisa Clevenger of Muncie, Indiana, is one of several Americans who celebrated the decision in King v. Burwell. (Indiana’s exchange is federally run.) She and her husband weren’t able to afford...
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California’s Tough New Law Overcomes Decades-Old Distrust Of Vaccines

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On Tuesday, Gov. Jerry Brown of California signed into law a requirement that nearly all children be vaccinated in order to attend school.

It's T minus four days until exam day, and Travis Driscoll is practically living at his desk.

"Each day, I'm easily here for five hours," he says. "I haven't done much of anything else but studying for the last two months."

Driscoll is one of 13,000 medical school applicants across the U.S. taking the new Medical College Admissions Test, or MCAT. He's got stacks of science books on his desk to help him prepare and a rainbow of biochemistry charts pasted to the walls: glycolysis, citric acid cycle, electron transport chain, mitosis, meiosis and DNA replication.

The right to marry in any state won't be the only gain for gay couples from last week's Supreme Court ruling. The decision will likely boost health insurance among gay couples as same-sex spouses get access to employer plans.

The logic is simple. Fewer than half of employers that offer health benefits make the insurance available to same-sex partners who aren't married. Virtually all of them offer coverage to spouses.

Drs. Mitchell Lunn and Juno Obedin-Maliver, both clinical fellows at the University of California, San Francisco, have spent the past decade studying the health problems of people who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer.

Their biggest challenge is the lack of population health data about LGBTQ people. The researchers hope that an iPhone app can change that.

The new app, called PRIDE, will ask LQBTQ participants about their health history and concerns. Their answers will inform a longer-term study, which kicks off in January 2016.

Indiana Continues Its Legal Fight Against Obamacare

Jun 26, 2015
Cafeteria workers are among the public employees whose hours are being cut as a result of Affordable Care Act rules, according to a lawsuit by 39 Indiana school corporations.
U.S. Department of Agriculture via Flickr/ https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

The Affordable Care Act passed its second major test before the Supreme Court Thursday. The justices ruled 6-3 that the federal subsidies were constitutional in all states, regardless of whether they had created their own insurance exchanges or their exchanges are run by the federal government.

Obamacare’s Next 5 Hurdles to Clear

Jun 26, 2015
nd White House Staff react to the House of Representatives passing the bill on March 21, 2010.
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In its first five years, the Affordable Care Act has survived technical meltdowns, a presidential election, two Supreme Court challenges -- including one resolved Thursday -- and dozens of repeal efforts in Congress. But its long-term future still isn’t ensured. Here are five of the biggest hurdles left for the law.

Supreme Court Upholds Obamacare Subsidies

Jun 25, 2015

The Affordable Care Act survived its second Supreme Court test in three years, raising odds for its survival but by no means ending the legal and political assaults on it five years after it became law.

Christine White pays $300 a year more for her health care because she refused to join her former employer's wellness program, which would have required that she fill out a health questionnaire and join activities like Weight Watchers.

"If I didn't have the money ... I'd have to" participate, says White, 63, a retired groundskeeper from a Portland, Ore., community college.

People who buy medical marijuana products might not be getting what they paid for, a study finds. And evidence remains elusive on benefits for most medical conditions, even though almost half the states have legalized medical marijuana.

Seth Herald

Ravaged by one of the worst outbreaks of HIV in recent history and an underlying epidemic of injection drug addiction,  a small rural community is changing fast as it grapples with the fallout of the crisis. In this 4-part story, reporter Jake Harper and photojournalist Seth Herald tell the story of shifting attitudes, new thinking, and signs of recovery.

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