How To Actually Get Your Free Birth Control 

Remember when Barack Obama announced that the Affordable Care Act would include a birth control mandate that gives women access to birth control for the lovely cost of free? That was great. Those guidelines kicked in on August 1 of 2012, but now, more than two years later, some women are still paying for their… » 2/18/15 5:30pm 2/18/15 5:30pm

Why Are Native American Women Still Being Denied Access to Plan B?

Last fall, Indian Health Service, the federal agency charged with administering healthcare on tribal lands, announced that it would finally make Plan B available over the counter. » 11/12/14 6:40pm 11/12/14 6:40pm

Hospital Throws Woman Out of Waiting Room for Breastfeeding Her Baby

What's the last place on Earth you would ever expect a mother to be thrown out of for breastfeeding her child? » 10/23/14 11:30pm 10/23/14 11:30pm

Ready for Your Health Insurer to Know Your Online Shopping Habits?

Marketers have access to more consumer information than ever (even if some of it's outdated garbage). But advances is analytics are currently creeping toward health care. Are you ready for your insurer to know how many cars you own? » 6/30/14 5:00pm 6/30/14 5:00pm

Woman Selfies Her Stroke to Show Doctors She Wasn't Just 'Stressed'

A Canadian woman recorded herself having a stroke, hoping it would help prove to doctors that her symptoms were not just a result of stress. » 6/23/14 10:30pm 6/23/14 10:30pm

Sex Reassignment Surgeries Are Now Covered Under Medicare

On Friday, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Departmental Appeals Board announced that transgender people seeking sex reassignment surgery are now allowed to have those surgeries paid for by their Medicare coverage. » 5/30/14 5:40pm 5/30/14 5:40pm

Women Go to the Doctor Less than Men, and Here's Why

According to a new survey by the Kaiser Family Foundation, 26% of women have delayed or avoided medical care in the past year, compared to just 20% of men. Unsurprisingly, low-income and uninsured women are the most likely to put off necessary treatments and preventative care. » 5/15/14 7:00pm 5/15/14 7:00pm

Obamacare Website Takes a Dump on Obamacare Enrollment Deadline

Today's the last day to sign up for Obamacare if you're planning on using the healthcare.gov website. Unfortunately for people who tried to log onto the website during the wee hours of the morning today, that wasn't possible for a few hours. Because the website was down. » 3/31/14 10:10am 3/31/14 10:10am

High-Profit Maternity Wards Are Keeping Hospital Doors Open

How much does it cost to have a baby? Enough to keep failing New York City hospitals afloat, according to a new report. » 3/10/14 10:20am 3/10/14 10:20am

Your Doctor's Stethoscope is a Filthy Cesspool of Invisible Bugs

Everything is disgusting and we're all going to die of something at some point. That being said, just because everything's already kind of disgusting doesn't mean we shouldn't strive, as a society, to be less gross. One place we could start is doctor's stethoscopes. » 2/28/14 6:00pm 2/28/14 6:00pm

How to Start Exercising When You're Already Overweight

Healthy living isn't easy. For some, it comes naturally, but for those folks who are already overweight—large enough that it's difficult or even painful to do what thinner people can do—it's even tougher to get started. Here are some tips to help. » 2/12/14 10:09pm 2/12/14 10:09pm

The Mother of one of the AOL "Distressed" Babies Speaks

This story (warning: traumatic birth story) really put a lump in my throat and a rage in my morning. If you haven't heard, the CEO of AOL justified cutting employee benefits based on two "distressed babies" that put too much of a burden on their healthcare plan, basically. He says he was just using that as an example… » 2/09/14 9:57pm 2/09/14 9:57pm

The Terrible Tale of the Sexting Gyno

In late August 2012, a Columbus, Ohio father of three noticed something strange as he sat down at the computer. His wife, who had just been using it, had forgotten to sign out of her Facebook account. There was a message waiting for her. » 1/16/14 2:30pm 1/16/14 2:30pm

Medicare Spends a LOT of Money on Penis Pumps

Remember this the next time a congressman makes even a peep about the birth control mandate: Between 2006 and 2011, Medicare spend a whopping $172 million on penis pumps. That's a lot of penis pumps! » 1/14/14 1:50pm 1/14/14 1:50pm

UK Hospital Staff Wear Fat Suits to Better Understand Obese Patients

One thousand people at hospital in the UK are being trained in a program that involves wearing a special bariatric suit. » 1/02/14 1:00pm 1/02/14 1:00pm

Health Insurer Crappily Denies Young Girl Necessary Gastric Bypass

Two parents in Texas have been, for the last three months, forced to watch their 12-year-old daughter suffer from a rare condition that makes her gain massive amounts of weight even as her body thinks it's starving, which would be a horrifying and exasperating thing to witness all its own even without a little extra… » 12/28/13 1:00pm 12/28/13 1:00pm

A Million Pink Ribbons Have Done Nothing for Black Women

Pink crap-drunk America was busy Racing For The Cure for the last 30 years, one race has been left behind in the fight against breast cancer: black women. In 2013, black women are still twice as likely to die from the disease than their white counterparts. Twice. As. Likely. That's a fucking disgrace. » 12/20/13 5:45pm 12/20/13 5:45pm

Women Are 'Nothing But Abortion Machines' Sputters Rush Limbaugh

Thrice-divorced, pill-abusing "conservative" Rush Limbaugh has a real problem with the loose morals of American women, whom he claims have been turned into "abortion machines" by Democratic politicians. » 11/07/13 1:00pm 11/07/13 1:00pm

Bro-Tastic Colorado Health Insurance Ads Offer Brosurance

While the nationwide Obamacare website continues to be plagued by problems, in Colorado, things are "running smoothly," according to the local CBS affiliate in Denver. That's because Colorado has its own health exchange online. But, uh, have you seen the ads for this thing? » 10/22/13 2:00pm 10/22/13 2:00pm