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6:55am

Tue July 1, 2014
Shots - Health News

Skimpier Health Plans Could Impose Big Out-Of-Pocket Costs

Originally published on Tue July 1, 2014 1:02 pm

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People are worried about being able to pay for health insurance. So the insurance industry and a group of Democratic senators have proposed offering cheaper, skimpier "copper plans" on the health law's marketplaces that could draw in people who were unhappy with the cost of available plans.

But consumer advocates and others who study the insurance market suggest that there may not be a big demand for these plans and that they could expose people to unacceptably high out-of-pocket costs if they got sick.

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5:02pm

Mon June 30, 2014
Shots - Health News

Skip The Stirrups: Doctors Rethink Yearly Pelvic Exams

Originally published on Tue July 1, 2014 2:57 pm

First-year medical student Michelle Gentile assists her classmate Abbie Harts as she performs a pelvic exam on a volunteer at Northwestern University.
Joshua Lott Reuters /Landov

The American College of Physicians said Monday that it strongly recommends against annual pelvic exams for healthy, low-risk women.

In fact, the intrusive exams may do more harm than good for women who aren't pregnant or don't have signs of problems, a group of doctors wrote in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

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3:07pm

Mon June 30, 2014
Shots - Health News

Lead Exposure May Cause Depression And Anxiety In Children

Originally published on Tue July 1, 2014 7:44 am

A child plays in a Beijing park. Health threats caused by pollution have become a major concern in China.
Andy Wong AP

Lead is well known for causing permanent behavioral and cognitive problems in children, but a study says it may also cause less obvious problems like depression, too, even at low levels.

That's the word from a study tracking the health of 1,341 children in Jintan, China, where the health effects of pollution from rapid development have become a national concern.

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3:07pm

Mon June 30, 2014
Shots - Health News

Hobby Lobby Ruling Cuts Into Contraceptive Mandate

Originally published on Tue July 1, 2014 2:57 pm

Customers walk into a Hobby Lobby store in Oklahoma City on Monday.
Sue Ogrocki AP

In a 5-4 decision Monday, the Supreme Court allowed a key exemption to the health law's contraception coverage requirements when it ruled that closely held for-profit businesses could assert a religious objection to the Obama administration's regulations. What does it mean? Here are some questions and answers about the case.

What did the court's ruling do?

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8:30am

Mon June 30, 2014
Supreme Court

Some Companies Can Refuse To Cover Contraception, Supreme Court Says

Originally published on Mon June 30, 2014 11:54 am

Customers enter a Hobby Lobby store in Antioch, Calif., this past spring. The Supreme Court is ruling on the crafts store chain's resistance to portions of the Affordable Care Act. The store's owners cite their religious freedom.
Justin Sullivan Getty Images

The Supreme Court has ruled that family owned and other closely held companies can opt out of the Affordable Care Act's provisions for no-cost prescription contraception in most health insurance if they have religious objections.

The owners of the Hobby Lobby chain of arts and crafts stores and those of another closely held company, Conestoga Wood Specialties Corp., had objected on the grounds of religious freedom.

The ruling affirms a Hobby Lobby victory in a lower court and gives new standing to similar claims by other companies.

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