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A 1999 photo shows a birth control pill container designed to look like a woman's makeup compact for Ortho-McNeil Pharmaceutical Inc., of Raritan, N.J., displayed at the manufacturer's assembly line.  (AP Photo/Mike Derer, File)
A 1999 photo shows a birth control pill container designed to look like a woman's makeup compact for Ortho-McNeil Pharmaceutical Inc., of Raritan, N.J., displayed at the manufacturer's assembly line. (AP Photo/Mike Derer, File)
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Free birth control becoming standard for women

WASHINGTON (AP) -- More than half of privately insured women are getting free birth control under President Barack Obama's health law, a major coverage shift that's likely to advance.

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In this Monday, June 30, 2014, file photo, customers walk to a Hobby Lobby store in Oklahoma City.  (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File)
In this Monday, June 30, 2014, file photo, customers walk to a Hobby Lobby store in Oklahoma City. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File)
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Business reaction to birth-control ruling is mixed

NEW YORK (AP) -- Business owners who don't want to pay for their employees' birth control are ending that coverage after the Supreme Court said they could choose on grounds of religious belief not to comply with part of the health care law.

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Michael Hichborn kneels and prays as he joins demonstrators while waiting for the Supreme Court's decision on the Hobby Lobby case outside the Supreme Court in Washington, Monday, June 30, 2014.(AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
Michael Hichborn kneels and prays as he joins demonstrators while waiting for the Supreme Court's decision on the Hobby Lobby case outside the Supreme Court in Washington, Monday, June 30, 2014.(AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
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Dems hope decision will energize female supporters

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Their Senate majority in peril, anxious Democrats have seized the Supreme Court decision that some companies need not provide birth control to women as fresh evidence of the GOP's "war on women" - an argument they hope will energize female voters who could decide the balance of power on Capitol Hill.

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Demonstrator react to hearing the Supreme Court's decision on the Hobby Lobby case outside the Supreme Court in Washington, Monday, June 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
Demonstrator react to hearing the Supreme Court's decision on the Hobby Lobby case outside the Supreme Court in Washington, Monday, June 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
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Justices: Can’t make employers cover contraception

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Supreme Court ruled Monday that some corporations can hold religious objections that allow them to opt out of the new health law requirement that they cover contraceptives for women.

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Sylvia Mathews Burwell, then-President Barack Obama’s nominee to become secretary of Health and Human Services testifying on Capitol Hill in Washington, last month, before her confirmation. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)
Sylvia Mathews Burwell, then-President Barack Obama’s nominee to become secretary of Health and Human Services testifying on Capitol Hill in Washington, last month, before her confirmation. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)
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New health chief moves to put stamp on overhaul

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Aiming to avoid more insurance chaos this fall, the nation's new health care chief announced Friday she's revamping the management of President Barack Obama's health overhaul.

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Navigator John Jones explains the many options to a client seeking help buying health insurance at the Family Guidance Center in Springfield, Ill. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman, File)
Navigator John Jones explains the many options to a client seeking help buying health insurance at the Family Guidance Center in Springfield, Ill. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman, File)
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Smaller Health Insurance Hikes in Prospect

The wild hikes in health insurance rates that blindsided many Americans in recent years may become less frequent because of the health care overhaul.

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Should Health Insurance Pay For Heroin Addicts? [POLL]

I read this article today about heroin addicts who want help often coming up against denials from health insurance companies. In one given example, a man addicted to heroin genuinely wanted to stop and his doctor recommended an in-patient 10 day treatment program with medications, therapies and learning social skills to stay clean upon getting out.

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Obamacare website, HealthCare.gov
Obamacare website, HealthCare.gov (Dan Alexander, Townsquare Media NJ)
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Few Options for Obama to Fix Health Insurance Cancellations

President Barack Obama says he'll do everything he can to help people coping with health insurance cancellations, but legally and practically his options appear limited.

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NJ Patients With Pre-Existing Conditions Will Continue to Get Care

Today, the United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) awarded New Jersey a $22.6-million contract to continue operating NJ Protect, the State’s health insurance program for individuals with pre-existing conditions, from June through the end of the year.

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Tim Boyle, Getty Images
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Fewer NJ Workers Receive Employer Health Insurance [POLL/AUDIO]

A new report finds fewer New Jersey residents are getting health insurance through their employers.

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