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Newsmotion - Health Care http://newsmotion.org/taxonomy/term/17/all en New Data Show Early Progress in Expanding Coverage, with More Gains to Come http://newsmotion.org/feed-story-en/new-data-show-early-progress-expanding-coverage-more-gains-come <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> New Data Show Early Progress in Expanding Coverage, with More Gains to Come </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-datetime field-field-date"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Tue, 09/16/2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>New data out <a href="http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/nhis/earlyrelease/insur201409.pdf">this morning</a> from the National Center for Health Statistics show that health insurance coverage increased sharply in the first quarter of 2014, reflecting the significant progress made in expanding access to affordable insurance coverage during the first part of the Affordable Care Act&rsquo;s inaugural open enrollment period.</p> <p>These first official data on insurance coverage in 2014 do not capture the full scope of the gains in insurance coverage that have occurred so far in 2014 because most of the underlying interviews occurred well before the &ldquo;March surge&rdquo; in plan selections on the Health Insurance Marketplace. But when taken together with private survey data showing that coverage continued to expand in the second quarter of 2014, other recent data showing continued slow growth in <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jason-furman/good-news-on-employer-pre_b_5798244.html">health care costs</a>, and ongoing improvements in <a href="http://innovation.cms.gov/Files/reports/patient-safety-results.pdf">health care quality</a>, the overall picture is clear: the Affordable Care Act is working and well on its way to ensuring that all Americans have access to high-quality, affordable health care.</p> <p>Today&rsquo;s results from NCHS show large coverage gains, with larger gains ahead.</p> <p>In detail, today&rsquo;s results from the NCHS&rsquo; National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) show that the share of Americans without health insurance averaged 13.1 percent over the first quarter of 2014, down from an average of 14.4 percent during 2013, a reduction corresponding to approximately 4 million people. The 13.1 percent uninsurance rate recorded for the first quarter of 2014 is lower than any annual uninsurance rate recorded by the NHIS since it began using its current design in 1997.</p> <p>As striking as this reduction is, it dramatically understates the actual gains in insurance coverage so far in 2014. The interviews reflected in today&rsquo;s results were spread evenly over January, February, and March 2014. As a result, the vast majority of the survey interviews occurred before the surge in Marketplace plan selections that occurred in March; 3.8 million people selected a Marketplace plan after March 1,with many in the last week before the end of open enrollment on March 31. Similarly, these results only partially capture the steady increase in Medicaid enrollment during the first quarter.</p> <p><a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2014/09/16/new-data-show-early-progress-expanding-coverage-more-gains-come" target="_blank">read more</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-link field-field-url"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Story URL:&nbsp;</div> <a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2014/09/16/new-data-show-early-progress-expanding-coverage-more-gains-come" target="_blank">http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2014/09/16/new-data-show-early-progress-expanding...</a> </div> </div> </div> Health Care Jeanne Lambrew Jeanne Lambrew Matt Fiedler Matt Fiedler New England Official White House Tue, 16 Sep 2014 15:19:03 +0000 feed 331567 at http://newsmotion.org Chart of the Week: Health Care Costs Rising at Exceptionally Slow Rates http://newsmotion.org/feed-story-en/chart-week-health-care-costs-rising-exceptionally-slow-rates <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Chart of the Week: Health Care Costs Rising at Exceptionally Slow Rates </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-datetime field-field-date"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Fri, 09/05/2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>A new report this week from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services had a lot to say about the state of health care costs and what it means for our economy. New estimates show that national health expenditures <a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2014/09/03/new-report-shows-slow-health-care-spending-growth-continued-2013-while-near-term-tre">rose at historically slow rates</a> in 2013 and American businesses and consumers will continue to see slow cost growth over the next few years, even as millions gain health insurance coverage under the Affordable Care Act.</p> <p>This week&rsquo;s Chart of the Week uses the most up-to-date data to break&nbsp;down what&rsquo;s going on with health care costs for employers and the Medicare program. Right now, employers&rsquo; inflation-adjusted health benefit costs are up just 1 percent on a year-over-year basis, among the lowest rates recorded historically. This slow growth in employer health costs helps businesses create jobs and pay a good wage. At the same time, Medicare spending per beneficiary is actually falling in inflation-adjusted terms, which is helping keep premiums low for beneficiaries and bringing down our deficit.</p> <p>Take a look at the numbers to see how health care costs for employers and the Medicare program are at near-historic&nbsp;lows:</p> <p><img alt="" src="http://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/image/healthcostschart.jpg.png" /></p> <p>Get the <a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/get-covered">full story behind these health care numbers</a> from Jason Furman, Chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers -- then check out what people are saying about why it&rsquo;s so important to <a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/get-covered">#GetCovered</a>.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-link field-field-url"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Story URL:&nbsp;</div> <a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2014/09/05/chart-week-health-care-costs-rising-exceptionally-slow-rates" target="_blank">http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2014/09/05/chart-week-health-care-costs-rising-ex...</a> </div> </div> </div> <a href= Health Care Jason Furman Official Tanya Somanader White House Fri, 05 Sep 2014 17:02:25 +0000 feed 327519 at http://newsmotion.org New Report Shows that Slow Health Care Spending Growth Continued in 2013, While Near-Term Trends Remain Encouraging http://newsmotion.org/feed-story-en/new-report-shows-slow-health-care-spending-growth-continued-2013-while-near-term-trend <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> New Report Shows that Slow Health Care Spending Growth Continued in 2013, While Near-Term Trends Remain Encouraging </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-datetime field-field-date"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Wed, 09/03/2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>New estimates out <a href="http://content.healthaffairs.org/content/early/2014/08/27/hlthaff.2014.0560">today</a> from the Office of the Actuary at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services show that national health expenditures rose at historically slow rates in 2013, continuing the exceptionally slow growth in health costs seen in recent years. This slow growth, which is <a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/docs/erp_2014_chapter_4.pdf">thanks in part to the Affordable Care Act</a>, is already generating major benefits for both the Federal budget and our economy.</p> <p>The near-term outlook in today&rsquo;s report is also encouraging. Consistent with <a href="http://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMsr1406753">recent surveys</a> reporting that <a href="http://hrms.urban.org/quicktakes/Number-of-Uninsured-Adults-Continues-to-Fall.html">millions</a> of Americans <a href="http://www.rand.org/blog/2014/04/survey-estimates-net-gain-of-9-3-million-american-adults.html">gained</a> health insurance coverage over the Affordable Care Act&rsquo;s initial open enrollment period, the Actuaries project a sharp reduction in the number of uninsured Americans over the next few years due to the new coverage options made available under the Affordable Care Act. Unsurprisingly, the Actuaries predict that this dramatic expansion in coverage and access to care will temporarily increase growth in aggregate health care spending. But, consistent with a variety of incoming data, their projections imply that underlying growth in health care prices and per-enrollee spending &ndash; the factors that determine the premiums and cost-sharing that families face &ndash; will remain subdued over the next few years.</p> <p>Over the long term, health expenditure projections are always more uncertain. While the Actuaries project that the recent slowdown will largely dissipate as economic recovery continues, the <a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/docs/erp_2014_chapter_4.pdf">balance of the evidence</a> implies that much of the recent health care spending slowdown has been driven by structural changes, which suggests that a significant portion may persist. Because of the large size of the nation&rsquo;s health care sector, if even a modest portion of the recent slowdown continues in the long run, it would have a transformative effect on the Federal budget, families&rsquo; budgets, and the economy as a whole. For example, even if as little as one-third continues, then, by 2023, national health expenditures would be $1,200 per person lower than if costs returned to their prior trend. In the years ahead, the Administration will continue its efforts to create a health care delivery system that consistently provides efficient, high-quality care, with the goal of making that transformation a reality.</p> <p><a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2014/09/03/new-report-shows-slow-health-care-spending-growth-continued-2013-while-near-term-tre" target="_blank">read more</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-link field-field-url"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Story URL:&nbsp;</div> <a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2014/09/03/new-report-shows-slow-health-care-spending-growth-continued-2013-while-near-term-tre" target="_blank">http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2014/09/03/new-report-shows-slow-health-care-spen...</a> </div> </div> </div> Economy Health Care Jason Furman Jason Furman Matt Fiedler Matt Fiedler Official The President White House Wed, 03 Sep 2014 21:23:50 +0000 feed 327028 at http://newsmotion.org The Affordable Care Act and Medicaid Expansion: Giving More People a Chance http://newsmotion.org/feed-story-en/affordable-care-act-and-medicaid-expansion-giving-more-people-chance <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Affordable Care Act and Medicaid Expansion: Giving More People a Chance </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-datetime field-field-date"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Wed, 07/30/2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>On July 30, 1965, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed both Medicare and Medicaid into law. Over the past 49 years, Medicare has provided comprehensive coverage to millions of seniors and people with disabilities, while Medicaid has provided coverage for millions of the most vulnerable Americans: low-income parents, children, and those with disabilities.</p> <p><img alt="Bill Sheshko" src="/sites/default/files/image/sheshko.jpg" title="Bill Sheshko" /></p> <p>Because of the Affordable Care Act, states are expanding their Medicaid programs to cover more Americans, and today, Medicaid covers over 66 million Americans.</p> <p>Bill Sheshko, a 55-year-old self-employed man from Fair Lawn, New Jersey, experienced the benefits of the Affordable Care Act and Medicaid expansion first hand. He&rsquo;d been without health insurance for years, but with the Affordable Care Act, and because his state decided to expand Medicaid, he finally became eligible for Medicaid.</p> <p>A few months ago, Bill began having difficulty breathing and noticed his legs and feet starting to swell. Because of his new coverage, Bill was able to make an appointment with his doctor and was subsequently diagnosed with congestive heart failure, high blood pressure, and high blood sugar. After a few scary days in the hospital, he is now home and working with his doctors to control his conditions with medication and diet. In a letter to the President, Bill wrote about the true meaning of his health coverage: &ldquo;At least now I have a chance, all because of you.&rdquo;</p> <p><a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2014/07/30/affordable-care-act-giving-more-people-chance" target="_blank">read more</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-link field-field-url"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Story URL:&nbsp;</div> <a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2014/07/30/affordable-care-act-giving-more-people-chance" target="_blank">http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2014/07/30/affordable-care-act-giving-more-people...</a> </div> </div> </div> Afghanistan Anna Smith Barack Obama Bess Evans Bess Truman Bess W. Truman Bill Sheshko Bird Johnson California Christen Linke Young Christen Linke Young Bess Evans Fair Lawn Harry S. Truman Health Care Hubert Humphrey Independence Jill Biden Lyndon B. Johnson Missouri New Jersey New Jersey Obama Commemorates Official United States White House Wed, 30 Jul 2014 15:37:57 +0000 feed 313516 at http://newsmotion.org Medicare Trustees Report Shows Significant Improvements for Seniors and Taxpayers http://newsmotion.org/feed-story-en/medicare-trustees-report-shows-significant-improvements-seniors-and-taxpayers <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Medicare Trustees Report Shows Significant Improvements for Seniors and Taxpayers </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-datetime field-field-date"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Mon, 07/28/2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Today&rsquo;s annual report from the Medicare program&rsquo;s Boards of Trustees brings good news about the program&rsquo;s financial future: Its Trust Fund will last four more years, to 2030, and projected Part B premiums for 2015 will not increase for the second year in a row.</p> <p>As we celebrate Medicare&rsquo;s 49th&nbsp;birthday this week, we will recommit to ensuring that the program continues providing health and economic security for the nation&rsquo;s elderly and people with disabilities through the 21st&nbsp;century and beyond. Today&rsquo;s news shows that we are on the right track, and we are optimistic that the promising results we&rsquo;ve seen in recent years can continue into the future.</p> <p>In 2009, the Trustees projected the Hospital Insurance Trust Fund would not be able to pay its bills in 2017 &ndash; just three years from now. Today&rsquo;s new date is 2030, 13 years later than that projection &ndash;&nbsp;an improvement that is thanks in part to reforms in the Affordable Care Act (Chart 1). The law implemented changes to promote value-based payments, reduce waste and fraud, and strengthen the program&rsquo;s benefits. These changes, for example, have reduced hospital spending on preventable readmissions, helping to lower hospital costs, which constitute a significant portion of trust fund spending. &nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2014/07/28/medicare-trustees-report-shows-significant-improvements-seniors-and-taxpayers" target="_blank">read more</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-link field-field-url"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Story URL:&nbsp;</div> <a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2014/07/28/medicare-trustees-report-shows-significant-improvements-seniors-and-taxpayers" target="_blank">http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2014/07/28/medicare-trustees-report-shows-signifi...</a> </div> </div> </div> Health Care Jason Furman Jeanne Lambrew Jeanne Lambrew Tim Gronniger Official Tim Gronniger White House Mon, 28 Jul 2014 17:35:37 +0000 feed 312364 at http://newsmotion.org The “80/20 Rule” Is Saving Americans a Lot of Money. But What Exactly Is It? http://newsmotion.org/feed-story-en/%E2%80%9C8020-rule%E2%80%9D-saving-americans-lot-money-what-exactly-it <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The “80/20 Rule” Is Saving Americans a Lot of Money. But What Exactly Is It? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-datetime field-field-date"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Thu, 07/24/2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p class="p1">Chances are you&rsquo;ve heard of the Affordable Care Act &ndash; President Obama&rsquo;s landmark health reform law that&rsquo;s holding insurance companies accountable, lowering health care costs, giving Americans more freedom and control in their health care choices, and improving the quality of care.</p> <p class="p1">One part of the act that you may not be as familiar with, however, is the &ldquo;80/20 rule&rdquo; &ndash; also known as the Medical Loss Ratio (MLR) rule &ndash; which went into effect in 2011.</p> <p class="p1">The rule generally requires health insurance companies in the individual and small group markets to spend at least 80% of the premium dollars they collect on medical care or activities to improve health care quality. And that increases to 85% for insurance companies in the large group market.</p> <p class="p1">Today, the Department of Health and Human Services released some new numbers showing just how much this rule has saved consumers over the last few years.</p> <p><a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2014/07/24/8020-rule-saving-americans-lot-money-what-exactly-it" target="_blank">read more</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-link field-field-url"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Story URL:&nbsp;</div> <a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2014/07/24/8020-rule-saving-americans-lot-money-what-exactly-it" target="_blank">http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2014/07/24/8020-rule-saving-americans-lot-money-w...</a> </div> </div> </div> <a href= David Hudson Health Care Official White House Thu, 24 Jul 2014 19:39:59 +0000 feed 311175 at http://newsmotion.org A Few Miles Can Make the Difference Between Getting Health Care or Being Uninsured http://newsmotion.org/feed-story-en/few-miles-can-make-difference-between-getting-health-care-or-being-uninsured <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> A Few Miles Can Make the Difference Between Getting Health Care or Being Uninsured </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-datetime field-field-date"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Thu, 07/03/2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>For Adelina of Sunland Park, New Mexico, living in one state over another made all the difference in getting health care. Because she lives in New Mexico, rather than nearby Texas, she was able to access health care. The real difference of a state&rsquo;s decision making is demonstrated in both Adelina&rsquo;s story and a new report released yesterday by the Council of Economic Advisers entitled <a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/docs/missed_opportunities_medicaid_0.pdf">Missed Opportunities: The Consequences of State Decisions Not to Expand Medicaid</a>.</p> <p><img alt="Adelina" src="/sites/default/files/image/adelina.jpg" /></p> <p>Finding herself needing to care for her sick mother, Adelina was unemployed and without insurance for over six months. But after keeping up with the news, she found that because New Mexico had expanded Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, she had access to the affordable health insurance coverage she needed.</p> <p>She recently wrote to President Obama to share her experience, explaining, &ldquo;I write because I feel it is important to let our leaders know how their policies impact their constituencies.&rdquo; She went on to say her coverage &ldquo;has not only saved me thousands of dollars, but in some ways has kept me from further stress complications as anyone that is out of work knows how stressful that is.&rdquo;</p> <p><a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2014/07/03/few-miles-can-make-difference-between-getting-health-care-or-being-uninsured" target="_blank">read more</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-link field-field-url"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Story URL:&nbsp;</div> <a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2014/07/03/few-miles-can-make-difference-between-getting-health-care-or-being-uninsured" target="_blank">http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2014/07/03/few-miles-can-make-difference-between-...</a> </div> </div> </div> Adelina Bess Evans Bess Evans District of Columbia Health Care New Mexico New Mexico Official Sunland Park Texas Texas White House Thu, 03 Jul 2014 15:02:27 +0000 feed 302445 at http://newsmotion.org Find Out How Expanding Medicaid Will Help People in Your State: http://newsmotion.org/feed-story-en/find-out-how-expanding-medicaid-will-help-people-your-state <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Find Out How Expanding Medicaid Will Help People in Your State: </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-datetime field-field-date"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Wed, 07/02/2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Twenty-four states still haven&#39;t acted to make more struggling families eligible for Medicaid — including many of the states that would benefit most.</p> <p>Here&#39;s why that&#39;s a problem: If these states don&#39;t opt to expand Medicaid, 5.7 million people won&#39;t have access to health insurance coverage in 2016.</p> <p>Want to know exactly how Medicaid expansion will help millions of Americans? Check out our new resource center, featuring an interactive map that shows what expanding Medicaid would mean for people in each state — from access to affordable health insurance and preventive care, to new jobs created.</p> <p><a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/expanding-medicaid">See how Medicaid expansion will help people across the country — and spread the word on Twitter and Facebook.</a></p> <p><a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2014/07/02/find-out-how-expanding-medicaid-will-help-people-your-state" target="_blank">read more</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-link field-field-url"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Story URL:&nbsp;</div> <a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2014/07/02/find-out-how-expanding-medicaid-will-help-people-your-state" target="_blank">http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2014/07/02/find-out-how-expanding-medicaid-will-h...</a> </div> </div> </div> <a href= David Hudson Health Care Official White House Wed, 02 Jul 2014 22:47:31 +0000 feed 301884 at http://newsmotion.org In Case You Missed It: LGBT Pride at the White House http://newsmotion.org/feed-story-en/case-you-missed-it-lgbt-pride-white-house <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> In Case You Missed It: LGBT Pride at the White House </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-datetime field-field-date"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Tue, 07/01/2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p></p> <p>Yesterday, for the sixth time since taking office, President Obama joined national, state, and local community leaders, business leaders, grassroots activists, elected officials, and others for an event celebrating <a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/05/30/presidential-proclamation-lesbian-gay-bisexual-and-transgender-pride-mon">Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Pride Month</a> at the White House.</p> <p>With the First Lady by his side, the President spoke about the tremendous progress we have made during the course of his Administration -- from <a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2011/12/22/one-year-later-out-many-we-are-one">repealing &quot;Don&#39;t Ask, Don&#39;t Tell&quot;</a> to <a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2013/12/17/how-obamacare-helps-lgbt-community">implementing the Affordable Care Act</a> with important protections for LGBT people -- and restated his commitment to taking executive action on behalf of LGBT workers:</p> <blockquote><p>The majority of Fortune 500 companies already have nondiscrimination policies to protect their employees because it&rsquo;s the right thing to do and because many say it helps to retain and attract the best talent. And I agree. So if Congress won&rsquo;t act, I will. I have directed my staff to prepare an executive order for my signature that prohibits discrimination by federal contractors on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.</p> </blockquote> <p><a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2014/07/01/case-you-missed-it-lgbt-pride-white-house" target="_blank">read more</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-link field-field-url"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Story URL:&nbsp;</div> <a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2014/07/01/case-you-missed-it-lgbt-pride-white-house" target="_blank">http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2014/07/01/case-you-missed-it-lgbt-pride-white-ho...</a> </div> </div> </div> <a href= Barack Obama Civil Rights Gautam Raghavan Health Care Jim Darby Michelle Obama Official Patrick Bova Pete Souza The President White House Tue, 01 Jul 2014 17:19:03 +0000 feed 301395 at http://newsmotion.org The Supreme Court's Hobby Lobby Decision http://newsmotion.org/feed-story-en/supreme-courts-hobby-lobby-decision <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Supreme Court&#039;s Hobby Lobby Decision </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-datetime field-field-date"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Mon, 06/30/2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p></p> <p class="rteright"><a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dIWc9hypPdw">Watch on YouTube</a></p> <p>Today, the Supreme Court ruled on the much-publicized Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. case.</p> <p>This decision would allow some bosses to withhold contraceptive care from their employees&#39; health coverage based on their own religious beliefs -- which their employees may not share.</p> <p><a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/06/30/press-briefing-press-secretary-josh-earnest-6302014">At the top of today&#39;s press briefing</a>, Press Secretary Josh Earnest delivered a statement about where the President stands on this ruling, noting:</p> <h2> &quot;President Obama believes that women should make personal health care decisions for themselves, rather than their bosses deciding for them.&quot;</h2> <p>He went on to state that &quot;today&#39;s decision jeopardizes the health of women who are employed by these companies.&quot;</p> <p>You can read a full transcript of the statement and press briefing <a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/06/30/press-briefing-press-secretary-josh-earnest-6302014">here</a>.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-link field-field-url"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Story URL:&nbsp;</div> <a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2014/06/30/supreme-courts-hobby-lobby-decision" target="_blank">http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2014/06/30/supreme-courts-hobby-lobby-decision</a> </div> </div> </div> <a href= Health Care Josh Earnest Lindsay Holst Official The President White House Women Mon, 30 Jun 2014 23:05:54 +0000 feed 300894 at http://newsmotion.org