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KENTUCKY: Gov. Matt Bevin Notifies Feds That He Will Begin Dismantling State Insurance Exchange

The Frankfort Courier-Journal reports: Following through on a campaign pledge, Gov. Matt Bevin has notified federal authorities he plans to dismantle kynect, Kentucky’s health insurance exchange created under the Affordable Care Act. The decision drew immediate fire from health care advocates, including Bill Wagner, executive director of the Family Health Centers, a network of public health clinics in Louisville. “It’s …

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Gay Dads Star In Touching New Allstate Ad [VIDEO]

“Danny and Andrew had a lot of memorable firsts in 2015. See what’s made the year so special for their family.” You know who will be ever so pissed. Watch below.

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Major Insurer Threatens To Leave Obamacare

UnitedHealthcare, which reported a net income of $8.4 billion this year, says it’s not making enough money with Obamacare and may leave the system within two years. “In recent weeks, growth expectations for individual exchange participation have tempered industrywide,” said Stephen Hemsley, the company’s CEO. “Co-operatives have failed, and market data has signaled higher risks and more difficulties while our …

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Wall Street Journal: Employers Tell Gays They Must Marry To Keep Partner Benefits

We’ve seen this here and there over the last few years, but it’s apparently becoming more common. Via the Wall Street Journal: Over the past decade, a growing share of companies has offered coverage for gay employees and their partners as a way to provide equal benefits for couples who couldn’t legally wed. Others companies offer coverage more broadly to …

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Insurance Company Ends PrEP Coverage UPDATE: Company Reverses Decision

Poz.com reports: Assurant Health, a national company specializing in health insurance coverage for individuals and small businesses, will no longer cover the med Truvada as pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) to prevent contracting HIV. Several Assurant customers who had been taking Truvada (comprising the antiretrovirals tenofovir and emtricitabine) as PrEP were recently notified that the insurer would end coverage of the med …

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TEXAS: GOP Rep Wants To Revoke Insurance Benefits For Same-Sex Partners Of Public School Employees

Only three Texas school districts offer plus-one insurance benefits that are inclusive of same-sex partners and even asshat Gov. Greg Abbott said that was legal back when he was the state’s attorney general. But that isn’t stopping state Rep Drew Springer.  John Wright reports at the Texas Observer: Springer has introduced a budget amendment that would eliminate state funding for …

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White House Celebrates Fifth Anniverary Of Affordable Care Act Passage

Via press release: On the five-year anniversary of the Affordable Care Act, one thing couldn’t be clearer: This law is working, and in many ways, it’s working even better than anticipated. After five years of the Affordable Care Act, more than 16 million uninsured Americans have gained the security of health insurance – an achievement that has cut the ranks …

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White House: 11.4 Million Americans Are Now Covered Under Obamacare

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Pelosi Mocks Obamacare Repeal Attempts

From Rep. Nancy Pelosi’s YouTube channel: “It’s another week in the new Republican Congress, which means another stale attempt to dismantle the Affordable Care Act. Thanks to the health care law, uninsured rates are at a record low and more hardworking families are able to afford insurance and yet, Republicans are holding their 56th repeal vote. Unbelievable. Now I know …

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Obamacare Ad Stars Married Gay Couple

(Tipped by JMG reader Elroy)

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SCOTUS To Hear Obamacare Challenge That Would Gut Exchange Subsidies

Via Bloomberg News: The U.S. Supreme Court agreed to consider a challenge to the subsidies that are a linchpin of President Barack Obama’s health-care overhaul, accepting a case that suddenly puts the law under a new legal cloud. Two years after upholding much of the law by a single vote, the justices today said they will hear a Republican-backed appeal …

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Little Caesars Chain Sued For Denying Insurance Benefits To Gay Couples

Via Reuters: A former trainee manager at Little Caesars pizza in California sued the company for discrimination on Wednesday, accusing the Detroit-based chain of denying employees health insurance benefits for their legally wed same-sex spouses. The lawsuit was brought in state Superior Court in Orange County, regional headquarters for the nation’s third-largest pizza chain, by Frank Bernard, 47, who said …

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George Takei: Boycott Hobby Lobby

“In this case, the owners happen to be deeply Christian; one wonders whether the case would have come out differently if a Muslim-run chain business attempted to impose Sharia law on its employees. As many have pointed out, Hobby Lobby is the same company that invests in Pfizer and Teva Pharmaceuticals, makers of abortion inducing-drugs and the morning after pill. …

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Hobby Lobby Owners Celebrate

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SCOTUS Rules In Favor Of Hobby Lobby

The ruling was 5-4 with Justice Alito writing for the majority. Via MSNBC: The Supreme Court has ruled that a closely-held company can be exempt from the contraceptive coverage under the Affordable Care Act. The closely watched case pitted the administration and its allies, including women’s health advocates, against the religious right, which has repeatedly accused President Barack Obama of …

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Allstate Pitches For Gay Business

“Everyone deserves to be in good hands. We believe everyone should be treated with respect and without judgment no matter who they love. If you feel the same, share this film we created featuring Safe In My Hands by out singer/songwriter Eli Lieb.”

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Insurers Accused Of HIV Bias

Two HIV advocacy groups filed a federal complaint yesterday over four insurance companies that have placed anti-retroviral medications in their highest payment tiers. Via the New York Times: The complaint asserts that the four insurers — CoventryOne, Cigna, Humana and Preferred Medical Plan — placed H.I.V. drugs on the highest payment tier for midlevel, or silver, plans on the federal …

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Headline Of The Day

Details. (Tipped by JMG reader Smith)

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Tweet Of The Day – FLOTUS

You deserve peace of mind. If you or a loved one still needs health insurance, go to http://t.co/CNqHfX7XGs and #GetCoveredNow. -mo — The First Lady (@FLOTUS) March 31, 2014

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Feds Remind LGBT Community: Monday Is the Last Day To Sign Up For Obamacare

Via press release from the Department Of Health: It’s critical for the LGBT community and all Americans to remember that Monday, March 31 is the last day of open enrollment and those who miss out can’t get covered through the Marketplace until 2015. Access to affordable care has long been an obstacle to good health and financial security for the …

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