Iowa Supreme Court sides with two trans women fighting for Medicaid coverage

On Friday, the Iowa Supreme Court effectively struck down Iowa’s ban on Medicaid coverage for sex reassignment surgery. It sided in its unanimous ruling with two transgender women whose healthcare providers said the surgery was necessary to treat their gender dysphoria.

The court agreed with Chief Judge of the Fifth District of Iowa Arthur Gamble’s ruling last year that a decades-old Iowa Department of Human Services policy not allowing Medicaid coverage for sex reassign...

‘Female senators’ to blame for health bill struggle, says Republican congressman

Blake Farenthold of Texas appears to suggest that if those senators were male, he might challenge them to a duel ‘Aaron Burr-style’

A Republican lawmaker has blamed “female senators” for his party’s failure thus far to repeal and replace Barack Obama’s healthcare law, noting that if they were men he would challenge them to a duel.

Blake Farenthold, a congressman from Texas, singled out the women as the US Senate prepares to vote on Tuesday on whether to move forward with legislation that would dismantle the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

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Republican health bill: latest draft would scrap contraception mandate

  • Proposal in Senate bill puts women’s health coverage in precarious position
  • Planned Parenthood: ‘Latest version of Trumpcare is even scarier for women’

The latest version of the US Senate’s bill to repeal major portions of the Affordable Care Act would eliminate the so-called birth control mandate, handing a long-sought victory to conservative activists who have spent years assailing the regulation.

The mandate is one of the most controversial benefits of the Obama administration’s enforcement of the ACA.

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