Healthcare News June 22, 2013

  • NARAL condemns ‘outrageous’ Iowa abortion law

    Abortion-rights supporters are denouncing an “outrageous” Iowa law that will require the governor to personally sign off to pay for abortions with state Medicaid funds.

    The law, signed by Gov. Terry Branstad (R) on Thursday, requires the governor’s office to approve each reimbursement from the state’s Medicaid program to hospitals or clinics that provide abortions in cases of rape, incest, fetal anomaly or when the life of the mother is at risk.

    “Women in Iowa already face so many barriers in trying to get safe, legal abortion care,” NARAL Pro-Choice America President Ilyse Hogue said in a statement on Friday. “Now their governor will be deciding personally on a case-by-case basis, whether a woman’s doctor will be paid for providing a legal, medically appropriate, and constitutionally guaranteed procedure.”

  • Report: ObamaCare call centers expect 42 million calls

    New call centers to help people navigate President Obama’s healthcare law are expected to receive 42 million calls this year — far more than the average for Medicare call centers, according to a report in The Washington Post.

    Vangent, the same company that runs Medicare’s call centers, will also operate new centers to help people enroll in new coverage options under the healthcare law.

    The firm’s contract for both Medicare and ObamaCare call centers is worth $530 million in the first year, the Post reported.

  • Top pension fund to cover transgender healthcare, advocates say

    The country’s largest public pension fund has moved to provide equal access to healthcare for transgender people, advocates said.

    The California Public Employees Retirement System, or CalPERS, reportedly voted Wednesday to remove exclusionary language from the healthcare policies offered to its 1.3 million enrollees.

    In the past, transgender CalPERS members could be denied care — from basic medical tests to hormone therapy — because of their gender status. 

  • News bites: Big lift

    Tens of thousands of workers will roll out ObamaCare

    PR push for health insurance exchanges draws scrutiny

    Some immigrants excluded from healthcare overhaul

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