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Health Reform Question of the Week: How will the penalties for not having coverage be enforced?

October 21, 2010
Health Reform Question of the Week: How will the penalties for not having coverage be enforced? I already can't pay for coverage now—will I be fined or sent to jail if I don’t have health insurance? ANSWER: The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (or “Affordable Care Act”) is designed to...

Stand up for my son, Wesley. Say NO to going back to pre-existing condition exclusions!

October 21, 2010
"Everything is covered. Your family is fully covered." I could hardly believe it. My son Wesley has an eye condition called strabismus, and I'd been worried because we already had one insurer drop us and another exclude Wesley's condition from coverage. Then, as the new patient protections under...
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Insurance Commissioner Kreidler Stands Up for Children in Washington State

October 21, 2010
"Hundreds of consumers have contacted my office, upset over Regence refusing to cover kids and for blaming its recent rate increases on health reform," said Commissioner Kreidler in a statement. "I can understand why they're confused and mad. I'm sick and tired of the insurance industry pulling these stunts and misleading the public about health reform. I expect better of companies wanting to do business in Washington."
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October 20, 2010
Recently I was testing recipes for the galactagogues chapter of Parents Need to Eat Too . I see you scratching your head—either you were never a nursing mom with supply problems, or you’ve blissfully erased that episode from your memory. A galactagogue is something that stimulates or promotes the...
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The Young Are Not Invincible: Important Coverage Changes for Young Adults

October 19, 2010
Recent college grads searching for employment, young professionals whose employers do not offer coverage, and even young married couples without insurance will all be able to stay on their parents’ insurance plans until the age of 26. The following blog posts number among the many celebrating the...
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Let's talk next Thursday about CA, cancer and toxics

October 15, 2010
What's orange, yellow, and pink all over? The month of October! Fall's here with orange pumpkins, yellow leaves-- and the "think pink" campaign of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Everything is adorned with pink ribbons from yogurt cups to NFL football helmets. But our friends at the Breast Cancer...
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“No Parents Should Have to Choose Their Mortgage or Utilities Over Health Care”: How Children Will Benefit from the New Health Reform Law

October 14, 2010
Children are among the biggest beneficiaries of the new health reform provisions, which include the ban on denying coverage to children with pre-existing conditions and full coverage of preventive care, such as child wellness visits. MomsRising has collected a number of great blog posts on how...
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How You Can Help CA Lead the Way in Protecting the Public from Toxins!

October 13, 2010
Every October, we are inundated with information about Breast Cancer Awareness Month. We here at the Breast Cancer Fund [embed link: ] think that it is not enough to just be aware about breast cancer. We need to start preventing this disease! Last week, we released our...
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Question of the Week: Is my now-healed sports injury still going to hobble me when I try to buy health insurance?

October 11, 2010
Question of the Week: I have a “pre-existing condition” because I had a joint in my leg fixed from a sports injury. Since the repair has been made and no additional work is required, I think it is unfair that this is considered a pre-existing condition that makes me ineligible for insurance that I...

Health Reform in Action: Changes in Effect Now!

October 11, 2010
As new provisions of the landmark Affordable Care Act go into effect, many Americans have questions about the law and how it will affect their families. MomsRising has mobilized a talented group of leaders, parents, activists, workers, and policy analysts (many of whom wear multiple hats) to blog...
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