Oregon Medicaid Now Covers Transgender Medical Expenses

Oregon became the fifth state to expand its Medicaid coverage to include the often staggering costs of transgender medical bills. It joins California, Massachusetts, Vermont and the District of Columbia, all of whom already offer coverage for gender dysphoria. Oregon's expanded coverage includes reassignment surgery,… » 1/11/15 12:00pm 1/11/15 12:00pm

Planned Parenthood Buys Some Time In Texas Women's Health Plan

When it comes to Planned Parenthood funding in Arizona and Texas, stalling looks to be the name of the game: notably, both states are seeing the women's health provider taking their respective state policymakers and governors to court in order to buy some time before they're excluded from state-funded health plans and… » 10/27/12 1:00pm 10/27/12 1:00pm

Here's How Hard It Is To Get A Pap Smear In Texas Without Planned Parenthood

Andrea Grimes, a Texas-based reporter at RH Reality Check who also contributes to The Frisky, investigated the claim that under the state-funded Women's Health Program, women would have access to equal or superior health care—sans Planned Parenthood. Guess what: it's not true! I know, you're astounded. » 9/08/12 4:00pm 9/08/12 4:00pm

New and Improved Texas Program Penalizes Doctors Who Acknowledge Abortion Exists

In Rick Perry's Texas, the first rule of women's health is that we don't talk about women's health. The second rule of women's health is UGH FINE, we can talk about women's health, but only if we don't mention that abortion exists. At least, that's according to government documents that outline how the state will dole… » 7/12/12 11:30am 7/12/12 11:30am

Just How Bad Is Child Abuse in America? Very.

Child abuse is a dark and depressing reality in American life, but until now, it's never been clear just how widespread a problem it was. A new study, led by Dr. John Leventhal of Yale University, offers the first comprehensive estimate of serious injuries caused by child abuse in the U.S., and the results are pretty… » 2/07/12 12:00pm 2/07/12 12:00pm

Mom Says Medicaid Glitch Killed Her Son

You probably don't need another reason to be angry about how poorly the U.S. healthcare system operates, but one particularly tragic tale has put a face on how it fails disadvantaged Americans. A Denver mother wasn't able to fill her 9-year-old son's prescription for asthma medication because pharmacists kept telling… » 8/12/11 12:40pm 8/12/11 12:40pm

Indiana Gambles $4.3 Billion On Anti-Choice Law

$4.3 billion: That's how much Indiana stands to lose if it pushes ahead with a new law refusing to allow state Medicaid funds to go to Planned Parenthood for women's health services. We suppose blatantly breaking the law is one way to "cut costs," although of course it'd be on the backs of the poor in the name of… » 6/06/11 3:25pm 6/06/11 3:25pm