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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Poll Finds Most Women Believe Mammograms Should Be Done Annually
While the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force says most women should get screening mammograms every two years, an NPR-Truven Health Analytics poll finds women think they should go every year.

Iran Lobbying Battle Heats Up On The Airwaves
Lawmakers have left Washington, D.C., for August recess, but intense lobbying over the Iran nuclear deal followed them home.
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Medicare Says Doctors Should Get Paid To Discuss End-Of-Life Issues
After a six-year delay, Medicare proposes to reimburse doctors who hold end-of-life discussions with Medicare patients. The federal program is now soliciting public comments on the idea.
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Clinton Won't Go As Far As Rivals On Minimum Wage Or Rule Out Oil Pipelines
In an interview with Iowa Public Radio, the Democratic candidate declined to endorse a $15 minimum wage, citing differences in the economy across the country.

A Change To Out-Of-Pocket Health Insurance Limits Irks Employers
In 2016, the out-of-pocket spending limit for anyone in an insured family would be set at $6,850. Employers say that would be a costly change for plans that set caps based on total family spending.

'Play This Video Game And Call Me In The Morning'
Developers at Akili are working on a game they hope might one day be prescribed to treat mental health conditions like ADHD and depression. But first, they must get past the FDA.
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When Rehab Might Help An Addict — But Insurance Won't Cover It
Federal law requires insurance firms to cover treatment for addiction as they do treatment for other diseases. But some families say many drug users aren't getting the inpatient care they need.
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Hospitals Turn To Toyota To Make Care Safer And Swifter
Public hospitals are adapting the automaker's production system to health care, with the goal of making tasks like scheduling surgeries more safe and efficient.

Patients In Iowa Worry About Private Management Of Medicaid
The way one fifth of Iowa's residents get health care is about to change. The governor is putting Medicaid in the hands of private insurance companies, and 11 firms are vying for that business.
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Untangling The Many Deductibles Of Health Insurance
Some people wind up having to pay hospital deductibles on top of other medical deductibles. But those do not apply to outpatient procedures.

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