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Politico Examines Lawsuits Against Contraception Policy; Ariz.’s Brewer Wants More Details On Exchanges

Many suits have been filed against the Obama administration's policy to require most employers to cover contraception in health plans under the health law. At the same time, there are still many questions about the exchanges that are also part of the law.

Politico: Obamacare's Many Contraception Lawsuits
Dozens of lawsuits have been filed in protest of the Obama administration's policy that most employers include no-cost coverage of FDA-approved prescription contraceptives in health plans. ... Here's a rundown on who is suing — and the big legal issues at stake (Smith, 11/28).

The Associated Press: Brewer Seeks More Info On Health Care Law Before Making Decision
Just days after giving governors more time to declare whether states would commit to running online marketplaces for subsidized health coverage, the Obama administration released hundreds of pages of proposed rules on required benefits and other aspects of implementing the federal health law. But Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer still has important unanswered questions about the health exchange, particularly about how a federally created exchange would work if the state were to choose that option, Brewer health policy adviser Don Hughes told The Associated Press (11/27).

Fox News: Health Exchanges Are Coming: Here's How To Plan
Health exchanges are scheduled to go live in 2014 as instituted by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), which means health insurance companies will be competing for business. For the 30 million Americans currently uninsured and wanting health insurance, these exchanges will offer affordable health care as well as a variety of choices in terms of the providers and plans. "Consumers are going to have more access to health insurance choices then they have had historically," says Michael Thompson, principal, human resource services at accounting firm PwC. "Options will range from lower-cost less coverage plans to very rich plans" (Fuscaldo, 11/27).

Meanwhile, some groups see economic opportunities under the law -

Bloomberg: Tech Workers See Opportunity As Health-Care Law Kicks In
John Tricas said he heard opportunity knocking and learned networking software two decades ago, when it was the "next big thing." Now he senses a similar opening as the health-care overhaul law takes effect…. With President Barack Obama's re-election ensuring that his 2010 law will be implemented, companies are scouting for workers like Tricas to fill hundreds of thousands of jobs in everything from running records systems to creating and servicing new insurance exchanges and entering thousands of additional codes for health-care treatments (Green and Pettypiece, 11/28).

St. Louis Beacon: Chiropractors Hope Affordable Care Act Levels Field For Treatment, Reimbursements
Last spring, Missouri lawmakers rejected a bill allowing licensed chiropractors to get reimbursed for services provided to Medicaid-eligible patients. By summer, Illinois lawmakers had voted to eliminate adult chiropractic care from Medicaid services to close a state budget deficit. Chiropractors are hoping the Affordable Care Act will make it easier for them to expand their services through insurance reimbursements (Joiner, 11/27).

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