Supreme Court Rules on Affordable Care Act


On Thursday, June 28th, 2012 the U.S. Supreme Court handed down its ruling on the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act. Compiled here are stories leading up to the momentous decision as well as analysis and reaction following the ruling.

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Who's Responsible for Your Uber Driver's Health Coverage?
The temps, contractors and freelancers who work in the gig economy don't typically receive health insurance through the companies that make use of their services. But some firms are looking to help.

Inside The Message Machine That Could Make Politicians More Persuasive
A political scientist identified optimally persuasive terms that make people more inclined to support the health care act. He says the tool could someday make it easier to sharpen political messages.
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Ladies, New York City Wants You To Consider An IUD
Bet you never thought you'd see IUDs promoted on cheery subway posters. New York City's health department wants women to realize that the long-term birth control is a good choice for many.

Many Former Foster Youths Don't Know They Have Health Care
Under the Affordable Care Act, former foster youths get Medicaid coverage until age 26. Many of them aren't aware of that, and getting that information to them isn't always easy.

Telemedicine Expands, Though Financial Prospects Still Uncertain
With apps and video chats now a part of many people's days, some firms and hospitals see big potential for health care delivered remotely. But a lot of insurers still aren't willing to pay for it.
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Does Hillary Clinton Have The Prescription For Out-Of-Pocket Health Costs?
Democrat Hillary Clinton has proposed policy changes that would cap how much insured people have to pay for prescription drugs and put limits on the share of costs beyond premiums that consumers bear.

California Counties Add Health Care For Immigrant Adults
Local governments say the move to cover preventive health care for people who are in the country illegally will save money overall by reducing the high cost of emergency room visits.

To Curb Pain Without Opioids, Oregon Looks To Alternative Treatments
Acupuncture and massage haven't been proven to ease pain better than drugs — and may cost more. But Oregon hopes these sorts of alternatives to pills will reduce the societal costs of opioid abuse.
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In Colorado, More People Are Insured But Cost Remains An Issue
Colorado has cut the number of people without health insurance in half, with 20 percent of state residents now on Medicaid. but out-of-pocket medical expenses can still be hard for families to afford.
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Obamacare Enrollment Triggers Drop In The Uninsured Rate
The sizable jump in Americans with insurance, due in large part to the implementation of the federal health law, is unprecedented since the creation of Medicare and Medicaid 50 years ago.

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