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3:08pm

Fri August 17, 2012
It's All Politics

Five Social Issues On November Ballots

Originally published on Fri August 17, 2012 4:03 pm

Petitions for Referendum 74, which would provide a public vote on gay marriage, were submitted in June in Olympia, Wash.
Elaine Thompson AP

In addition to choosing a president and members of Congress, voters in several states will weigh in on high-profile social issues on Nov. 6. Here are some of the key voter initiatives on ballots:

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10:39am

Fri August 10, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Yoga On Commission: More Employers Pay For Good Health Habits

Originally published on Tue August 14, 2012 4:31 pm

Health risk questionnaires and other wellness programs are becoming a popular way for employers to encourage employee health and, ultimately, reduce health care costs.
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If you feel like your employer is more interested in your health lately, you're probably right.

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9:12am

Tue August 7, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Gaps In Maternity Coverage For Some Women Could Grow Under Health Law

Originally published on Tue August 7, 2012 9:38 am

Maria Villa has her pregnant belly examined in 2009.
Joe Raedle Getty Images

There's been a lot of controversy over the health care overhaul's requirement that most health plans this month to start covering contraceptive services for women as a free preventive benefit.

But that requirement may prevent some young women from falling into a coverage gap of a different kind: no maternity coverage.

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2:57pm

Mon August 6, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

In British Emergency Room, 'There's No Card To Show; There Are No Bills'

Originally published on Thu August 9, 2012 2:23 pm

The Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games included a paean to the National Health Service, the U.K.'s socialized healthcare system.
Gallo Getty Images

If any of the 700 athletes in London for the Olympic Games are unlucky enough to get injured, they'll get treated at a state-of-the-art polyclinic situated inside the park. But for the half-million tourists, it's straight to a British hospital for serious ailments requiring medical attention.

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2:56am

Wed August 1, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Under Health Law, 'No-Cost' Birth Control Starts Today

Originally published on Thu August 2, 2012 5:31 am

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius joins Democratic senators at a news conference on Capitol Hill on Tuesday to announce new preventive health coverage for women that takes effect Wednesday.
Win McNamee Getty Images

Beginning today, most new and renewing health insurance plans must begin offering a broad array of women's preventive health services, most notably coverage of birth control, at no upfront cost.

But even as they take effect, the new rules remain the subject of legal challenges.

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