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Race and LGBT Health: Coloring in the Gaps

by Michelle Chen on February 13 2010, 8:09AM

No matter how good your health benefits are, they don’t insure you against discrimination, especially when your racial identity and sexual orientation both stack the odds against your well being. Jeff Krehely of the Center for American Progress writes…

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Shame On Oprah: Scolding Black Church Ladies About Diabetes [VIDEO]

by Julianne Hing on February 12 2010, 9:19AM

Last week Oprah and her phalanx of health advisers—Dr. Mehmet Oz, who they never let appear in anything but his surgical scrubs; Bob Greene, Oprah’s long-time trainer, and a new guy, Dr. Ian Smith, a Black physician—did a “Diabetes…

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Marshall Islanders: Health Care Reform Survivors?

by Michelle Chen on January 6 2010, 11:51PM

By now, anyone who’s been following the health care battle in Congress knows that the gulf between aspiration and reality has become a chasm, and even the marginally progressive elements, like a broad public health program, may be scrubbed…

Topics: Health, Immigration

In Bungled Reform Battle, Building Blocks for Progressive Healthcare Workforce

by Michelle Chen on December 28 2009, 8:10AM

As Congress puts the finishing touches on its bruised and battered health care reform legislation, pointed criticism has emerged from the left alongside reactionary opposition from the right. For labor, it’s a mixed bag at best; the AFL-CIO is still…

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Joe Lieberman Kills Public Option in Exchange for $1,000,000 from Insurance Industry

by Jorge Rivas on December 18 2009, 12:48PM

  Senator Joe Lieberman almost single handedly killed off the most recent public option proposals. So, does it come as a surprise that he’s received more than one million dollars in cash from the insurance industry since 1998, making him…

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Fewer Options for Moms on Medicaid

by Leticia Miranda on December 16 2009, 1:58PM

New York City is planning on shutting down a natural birthing center in the lower east side of Manhattan that has served as a bulwark against more expensive high-intervention birthing procedures, reports Lindsay McCormack. But the natural birthing center…

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Fewer Options For Moms On Medicaid

by Lindsey McCormack on December 15 2009, 12:00PM

Midwives protest the shutting of Manhattan’s only natural birth center that served low-income women.

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Black Women Can’t Afford to Be Silent on Health Care Reform

by Guest Columnist on December 9 2009, 4:32PM

By Talia Whyte This post originally appeared at The Grio. Health care reform has been a hot topic for months, but abortion rights might now actually be the deal breaker in whether or not health care legislation passes. This…

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Asian American Women Battle Depression

by Leticia Miranda on December 9 2009, 12:00PM

A new study links mental health to time spent in the U.S.

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In Health Debate, GOP Plays the Slavery Card—and Loses

by Michelle Chen on December 8 2009, 8:18AM

Conservatives on the Hill were shocked—shocked!—when Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid compared conservatives’ obstructionism on health care reform to resistance, in an earlier era, to the abolition of that “peculiar institution.” “Outrageous!” cried Rush Limbaugh, following up with a…

Topics: Health, Politics

Indian Health and Abortion Rights: A Dose of Hope Laced with Poison Pills

by Michelle Chen on December 3 2009, 8:00AM

Though it has lurked on the sidelines in the national health care debate, Indian Health Services is one instructive example of a government-run health system that, for all its faults, serves as a fraying lifeline for impoverished communities devastated…

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We Should Be Worried About More Than Stupak

by on November 30 2009, 5:28PM

Once again, policy makers are dedicating themselves to making laws to mess with the reproductive lives of poor women of color. In the most recent iteration, a little known provision tucked into the congressional health care bill would require mothers…

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The Danger of Testing for Sickle Cell

by Aisha De Avila-Shin on November 25 2009, 12:00PM

Colleges are screening for the blood disorder, but will this be another round of discrimination?

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High-Stakes of Stupak-Pitts Amendment for Women of Color

by Guest Columnist on November 18 2009, 6:03AM

Written by Juhu Thukral, Director of Law and Advocacy, The Opportunity Agenda A few Saturdays ago, on November 7th, I was at the annual SisterSong meeting, a gathering of about 300 reproductive justice advocates. What was exhilarating and unusual about…

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Health and Justice Now: California Women of Color Demand Health Care for All

by Guest Columnist on November 12 2009, 12:52PM

By Rocio Córdoba and Destiny Lopez During Saturday’s historic vote on health care reform, the House jeopardized the health and well-being of women with the passage of the Stupak amendment, which would eliminate abortion coverage from both private and public…

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SF Dept. Of Public Health Maps Out Severity of HIV Cases

by Leticia Miranda on November 12 2009, 10:00AM

The San Francisco Department of Public Health recently put together a map of city residents with the most severe HIV cases. And, no they’re not in the flamingly white gay male Castro district. They live in two San Pancho…

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What Does the Overhauling of Health Care Mean for Young People?

by Jorge Rivas on November 10 2009, 1:18PM

Youth Outlook, a journal that chronicles the world through the eyes and voice of young people, has an interesting take on the current health care debate. So, what does the overhauling of health care mean for young people? According to…

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Health care: Why Kucinich Voted No

by Jorge Rivas on November 9 2009, 1:23PM

On Saturday night, the House of Representatives voted in favor of the Affordable Health Care for America Act, a bill that would expand healthcare coverage to U.S. citizens and legal residents. via Democracy Now: The bill has been described…

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Black AIDS: Complex Risk Factors Defy Easy Explanations

by Michelle Chen on October 31 2009, 6:43AM

In the political minefield surrounding the AIDS epidemic, myth and fact often trip over each other, especially in communities most deeply scarred by the disease. The striking prevalence of HIV/AIDS among Black Americans has set off much speculation and confusion….

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Public Option Please!

by Leticia Miranda on October 23 2009, 1:36PM

Health care advocates from across the country have recently launched, Public Option Please, a campaign to shift the discussion from stiff statistics to human rights. “With all this talk about “bending the cost curve,” it has become as dull,…

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