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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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What's At Stake If Supreme Court Eliminates Your Obamacare Subsidy
Each state has its own stories. In Louisiana, nearly 200,000 people signed up for health insurance through HealthCare.gov, and about 90 percent now get subsidies. What if that help goes away?
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Some Patients Lack Contraceptive Coverage Under Health Law, Study Finds
Under the Affordable Care Act, women are supposed to have access to free birth control. But a new study shows that some insurers are not covering all kinds of contraception.
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Study: Insurers Fail To Cover All Prescribed Contraceptives
An analysis of health plans in five states found limited or no coverage for some forms of contraception. Insurers sometimes imposed copays or required women to pay the full cost of the contraceptives.

Letters About Dense Breasts Can Lead To More Questions Than Answers
Nearly half the states in the U.S. require that women be notified if mammograms detect that they have dense breasts. Critics say the information raises anxiety more than it improves care.

When Keeping A Secret Trumps The Need For Care
Young adults covered by their parents' health plans may balk at getting treatment for mental health or other conditions they would rather not have show up on family insurance statements.

Republicans Are Making Foreign Policy The Obamacare Of The 2016 Election
The GOP still has the health care law in its sights, but now it also promises to do away with the president's opening to Cuba and nascent deal on nuclear development with Iran.
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IRS Budget Cuts Make For Nightmarish Filing Season
People trying to get help from the IRS to file their taxes are finding long lines, long waits on the phone and not much help. The IRS blames staff reductions on budget cuts spearheaded by Republicans.
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Medical Schools Reboot For 21st Century
Medicine has changed a lot in the past 100 years. But medical training has stayed much the same. Many schools are now retooling — focusing on teamwork — to train a different kind of doctor.
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Doctors Make House Calls On Tablets Carried By Houston Firefighters
Most calls to the Houston Fire Department are for health problems, not fires. All those medical calls strain the 911 system and make a career in firefighting seem more like a career in health care.
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Many Obamacare Policyholders Face Tax Surprises This Year
Depending on the size of the subsidy they got, some will get a bigger refund than expected and others will owe taxes.
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