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Let’s Talk about Obamacare Tax Credits

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English: This image depicts the numbers of uninsured Americans and the uninsured rate from 1987 to 2008. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

On October 1, more than 30 million uninsured Americans will be able to sign up for affordable health insurance in the marketplace.

Under Obamacare, millions of Americans will be eligible for financial help.

Check out this calculator from the nonpartisan Kaiser Family Foundation that shows how the tax credits work.

Here’s how the financial assistance works:

- Individuals earning up to $45,000 per year — or families of four earning up to $94,000 per year — will be eligible to receive it.

- Nearly half of all people who buy their own health insurance will be eligible for financial assistance next year — and, on average, are expected to save about $2,700 a year.

Check out the subsidies calculator: http://my.barackobama.com/Kaiser-Subsidy-Calculator

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Pop Five: Comments Left by Women on Rick Perry’s Facebook Wall

During the birth control debate, many non-uterus-having, non-medical-doctorate-having politicians have shown that they have intimate knowledge of the female body. In response, dozens of women have gone to menstruation expert and Texas Governor Rick Perry (via Facebook) asking for medical advice.

The questions have been deleted from Gov. Perry’s Facebook page, and Gov. Perry’s people have barred anyone from posting to the wall, but many websites captured the comments before they were deleted.

Here are some of the best/most pressing questions women pitched to Gov. Perry.

5. “Hi there, Rick. I was wondering if you had any advice about what to do about mid-cycle cramping. Since my healthcare decisions are OBVIOUSLY better understood by politicians, I thought maybe I could get your advice. Thanks bunches!”

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Mirena IntraUterine System Deutsch: Mirena Hormonspirale (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

4. “I need help quickly and I heard you are a better expert on women’s health than an OB/GYN. Since I don’t have medical insurance I can’t afford a doctor so I’m really grateful that you’ve taken on this additional task, even though I am sure you are busy running the state of Texas. Please get back to me immediately; I had an IUD inserted and now I have an ugly bloody discharge with mucous and I’m running a fever and am shaky. I have no insurance. What should I do and where should I go?”

3. “Hey rick – I was wondering if you could recommend a tampon brand for me since you seem to know so much about female necessities?”

2. “Rick, since you seem so concerned about my nether regions, I kindly request that you remove your head from my uterus. I don’t think your wife would approve!!”

1. “I had a tubal ligation when my husband was in the military at a military hospital. I’m not realizing that tax payers shouldn’t have paid for my birth control. Should I have the procedure reversed or find a way to pay back the tax-payers? Please advise.”

Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/women-ask-rick-perry-about-sexual-health-2012-3#hi-there-rick-i-was-wondering-if-you-had-any-advice-about-what-to-do-about-mid-cycle-cramping-1#ixzz1pmQQpRQr

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Washington Poised to Require Abortion Coverage in Health Insurance

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At a time when many states are making it harder for women to get abortions, Washington appears headed in the opposite direction.

Fifteen states restrict insurers from covering abortions. Twelve are considering such measures. By contrast, a bill that has passed Washington’s House and is working its way through the Senate would make the state the first to require all health-insurance plans except those claiming a conscience-based exemption to include abortion coverage.

The measure, House Bill 2330, would require insurers who cover maternity care, which Washington insurers must offer, to pay for abortions. New York is the only other state considering similar rules, according to the Guttmacher Institute.

Supporters say the state is protected by its existing conscience exemptions and note the bill has a self-destruct clause nullifying it in the event it were found to conflict with federal law. They say it would simply makes sure that women in Washington, one of four states to have legalized abortion before the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision, continue to have easy access to abortions once changes in federal health-care laws take effect in 2014.

“Washington state has historically been in the forefront for women’s reproductive rights,” said Rep. Eileen Cody. “We’re just trying to maintain the status quo.”

Via The Seattle Times.

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Michigan Senate Requires Women Buy an Extra Rider If They Plan to Have an Abortion

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Asking women to pay for extra health insurance covering abortions in advance won’t work because the procedures are in response to unplanned pregnancies.

Nonetheless, Michigan Health Policy Committee members sent to the full Senate two bills that would require health insurance policies to not cover abortions unless women buy an extra rider on their policies.

The bills were approved 7-1. State Sen. Rebekah Warren (D-Ann Arbor) was the sole vote in opposition.

The bills were denounced by choice advocates and a leader of the Michigan National Organization for Women, who called the legislation “sexist.”

Jean Doss, a consultant for Planned Parenthood Advocates, said it’s not likely that women would buy the extra rider because they don’t start a year intending to have the procedure. “No woman plans on having an abortion,” she said.

Ms. Doss said abortions are typically the result of failed contraception, rape or incest, or something going wrong with a pregnancy. “The outcome will be that women are going to shoulder the burden, they’re going to delay services and delay the health care that can lead to serious problems down the line,” she said. “The public is sick of this issue. They want to look at a way to prevent abortions by preventing unwanted pregnancies.”

Mary Pollock, legislative vice president for the Michigan National Organization for Women, called the bills discriminatory and questioned whether the lawmakers would take such steps for procedures faced only by men.

The bills also don’t make sense considering lawmakers aren’t requiring insurance companies to cover the cost of contraception, which could limit the number of abortions.

Via mlive.com.

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