California Woman Wages Public Fight Against Her Insurer Over Six-Month Wait for IUD

A woman in Tarzana, California, is raining very public social media hell upon her insurer, Anthem Blue Cross, after facing a six-month wait for birth control. Rosie Wiklund says the culprit is Anthem’s exceedingly out-of-date directory, adding in a Facebook post, “Riddle me this: why could I buy a gun before the… »8/27/15 12:50pm8/27/15 12:50pm


Wheaton College Halts Student Health Coverage Due to Birth Control

Wheaton College in Illinois has announced plans to end health insurance for their students, due to the school’s religious beliefs. The move is a stand against the Affordable Care Act, which requires birth control coverage for all insurance plans. Wheaton, a Christian liberal arts college located 25 miles from Chicago,… »7/30/15 10:15pm7/30/15 10:15pm

Feds to Insurance Companies: You Actually Have to Cover Birth Control

Three federal agencies issued a pointed set of “clarifications” Monday, basically reminding health insurance companies that under the Affordable Care Act, they really do have to cover birth control without a co-pay or deductible. No, seriously. The same goes for “well woman” exams, preventive services for transgender… »5/11/15 6:45pm5/11/15 6:45pm

Health Insurance Companies Are Illegally Charging for Birth Control

One of the provisions of the Affordable Care Act is that birth control methods — be it pill, patch, shot, ring — are supposed to be covered by insurance companies without a co-pay or other charges. But two studies from the National Women’s Law Center have found that many insurance companies are still charging for… »5/01/15 4:40pm5/01/15 4:40pm

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 1:00pm12/28/13 1:00pm

Juicy Couture Is Cutting Worker Hours To Avoid Paying For Employee Health Care

Recently, Juicy Couture had a problem. Under the terms of the Affordable Care Act, any company with more than 50 employees who work 30+ hours per week has to provide those workers with health insurance that covers basic healthcare. Juicy Couture did not want to do this, because paying for health insurance is really… »4/01/13 5:40pm4/01/13 5:40pm

Data Crunch: U.S. Women Really Need the Affordable Care Act

Commonwealth Fund researchers studied differences in how women in the U.S. deal with health care as opposed to women in 10 other countries that offer universal health insurance coverage and, predictably, found some huge disparities between women with government-funded health care (you know, communists) and women in… »7/13/12 1:15pm7/13/12 1:15pm

Turns Out Being Born a Woman Is a Major Financial Mistake

As if being a woman wasn't difficult enough—what with all the not having control over important decisions about our own bodies, making less money than our male colleagues, and, yes, let's play the childbirth card—we are also routinely hit with financial penalties just for having the balls to be born with a vagina.… »3/20/12 1:35pm3/20/12 1:35pm

Jan Brewer Has Some Encouraging Doubts About Arizona's Whore Pill Bill

Two different contraception coverage plans — one the brainchild of Arizona legislators and the other President Obama's mandate that employees of religious affiliated institutions receive free contraception coverage — moved forward Friday, revealing that the difference between stalwart social conservatives in this… »3/18/12 1:10pm3/18/12 1:10pm

The Catholic Church Really Doesn’t Want to Pay for Your Magdalene Pills

The Catholic Church responded Friday to the White House's defense of new rules that will force many religious employers to provide contraception to their workers in government-mandated health plans with the grace and dignity you'd expect from an organization that used to sell raffle tickets for Heaven, that is, with… »2/05/12 1:30pm2/05/12 1:30pm

Woman Upset With Obama Apologizes After Breast Cancer Diagnosis

Today in a L.A. Times op-ed, a woman who was so upset with President Obama for having "let down the struggling middle class" that she switched her registration from Democrat to Independent and altered her Obama bumpers sticker to read "Got Nope" is apologizing to the President. She says that while she was angered by… »12/07/11 12:08am12/07/11 12:08am

Insurance Companies Refuse To Pay For Eating Disorder Treatment

According to Republicans, it's of the utmost importance that we challenge any efforts to reform healthcare in America. If you still don't understand why, here's the latest example of how the great, nay, greatest healthcare system in the world functions: Insurance companies are fighting to exclude residential treatment… »10/14/11 9:50am10/14/11 9:50am

A Map Of Where You Can Use Your Insurance To Pay For An Abortion

All around the country, state lawmakers are trying to force insurers not to cover abortions — not just when it comes to the upcoming state exchanges or for public employees, but even in private insurance plans. The ACLU, which is suing to overturn a Kansas law banning private insurance coverage of abortion, provides … »8/22/11 6:50pm8/22/11 6:50pm

Researchers Find That Race And Ethnicity, Not Insurance, Cause Delays In Breast Cancer Diagnosis

Here's some depressing information: according to findings presented at the Third American Association for Cancer Research Conference on The Science of Cancer Health Disparities, researchers found that regardless of insurance status, race was a factor in breast cancer-related diagnostic delays. »10/03/10 4:30pm10/03/10 4:30pm