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Cancer Centers Urge Increase in HPV Vaccinations

By Stacy Simon - American Cancer Society

The American Cancer Society is supporting a call-to-action from dozens of National Cancer Institute-designated Cancer Centers across the US urging action to increase vaccination against human papillomavirus (HPV). HPV vaccines protect against high-risk types of the virus that cause most cervical cancers. The virus is also linked to cancers of the vulva, vagina, penis, anus, and throat.

Pharmacists Prescribing Birth Control And What It Means For Wider Access To The Pill

California and Oregon have passed laws allowing women to bypass their doctors and get birth control prescribed by a pharmacist. Many doctors say this is safe, but others argue that these measures don’t go far enough in ensuring women have access to these contraceptives and would prefer birth control pills be offered over the counter.

KHN’s Julie Rovner appeared on The Diane Rehm Show Monday to discuss the issue.

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Assess Iowa's Readiness for Medicaid Privatization

Sarah Boden - Iowa Public Radio

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is in Iowa this week accessing the state’s readiness to transition the management of Iowa’s Medicaid program into the hands of four private companies on Jan. 1. Critics say the process has been unorganized and rushed, and many Medicaid recipients complain they don’t have enough information to determine which, if any, of the Managed Care Organizations best fits their coverage needs.

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