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Birth Control

Jul 23, 2014 — New York and five other states are helping women on Medicaid get contraception immediately after giving birth. New moms can get an IUD or long-acting implant before leaving the hospital.
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Jul 15, 2014 — The recent Supreme Court ruling gives employers more latitude in refusing to pay for certain kinds of birth control for employees. But most companies won't go that route, analysts predict.
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Feb 9, 2014 — The drug company Merck has agreed to settle with thousands of claimants who sued over the contraceptive NuvaRing. Hormonal birth control has never escaped controversy when it comes to potentially serious side effects, so how do women sort through the data and make a decision that works for them?
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Feb 6, 2014 — Women face a higher risk of stroke than men. But until now there haven't been guidelines specific to women for managing the risk. New recommendations say women should start thinking about reducing their stroke risk early on, when they're thinking about getting pregnant or avoiding pregnancy.
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Jan 21, 2014 — Screening tests like mammograms and colonoscopies are supposed to be covered under the Affordable Care Act. But some people are finding that they still end up having to pay for anesthesia and other associated services. And not all insurers are covering all forms of birth control.
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Dec 19, 2013 — The legal wrangling over who should be allowed to buy the Plan B One-Step morning-after pill without a prescription came to an end this year. A federal judge ruled that the emergency contraceptive couldn't be withheld from girls 16 and younger. Despite the legal ruling, many Americans support age minimums and parental consent.
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Nov 18, 2013 — The ebb and flow of estrogen levels in a women's monthly cycle may have a protective effect on the eye's retina, ophthalmologists say. And that fluctuation could explain a possible connection between birth control pills and glaucoma. Women who have taken the pill a long time may want to consider glaucoma screening.
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Jul 24, 2013 — Plan B One-Step, which costs around $50, will be available on pharmacy and other retail shelves without age restriction. But the much cheaper, two-pill versions will remain behind the pharmacy counter, with prescriptions required for those under age 17.
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Jul 10, 2013 — Three years ago, the Catholic Health Association, whose members run hospitals and nursing homes across the country, backed passage of the federal health law. The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, which represents the hierarchy of the church, opposed it. The groups remain divided over the law's requirement for most employer-based health insurance plans to provide women with contraceptives.
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Feb 1, 2013 — Under the proposed rule, employees at nonprofit religious organizations would get access to no-cost contraception, but their employer wouldn't pay for the coverage. The move is another attempt to provide contraceptive coverage without violating the beliefs of religious nonprofits.
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