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Administration Backs High Court Review of Contraception Case

Associated Press - NY Times

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration is acknowledging that the Supreme Court should step into the latest battle over the president's health law.

At issue are claims from faith-affiliated charities, colleges and hospitals that object to rules allowing them to opt out of covering contraceptives for women who are part of their health plans.

The Justice Department says in a new court filing that the justices should resolve a dispute among lower courts.

Telemedicine Expands Despite Uncertain Financial Prospects

By Alex Smith, KCUR-Kaiser Health News

Say you’re a rural Midwestern farmer in bed recovering from a major illness at your local hospital. It’s time for nurse’s check in, but there’s no knock on the door.

At Mercy Hospital in St. Louis, just over the foot of the bed, a camera whirls around and a monitor lights up to show a smiling face with a headset on.

“Good afternoon, this is Jeff with SafeWatch. Just doing my afternoon rounds,” he said in this training exercise.

Women in Combat Zones Can Face Difficulty in Getting Some Contraceptives

Michelle Andrews: Kaiser Health News

Next year, the military will officially lift restrictions on women in combat, the end of a process that may open up as many as 245,000 jobs that have been off limits to women. But women who deploy overseas may continue to face obstacles in another area that can have a critical impact on their military experience: contraception.

Senate Bill to Defund Planned Parenthood Thwarted: Here’s What That Means

Yahoo Health News: Jennifer Gerson Uffalussy

On Monday evening, a vote in the Senate blocked a bill introduced by Republican lawmakers that sought to end Title X funding for Planned Parenthood affiliate clinics nationwide. GOP leadership, and notably Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, who sponsored the bill, failed to get the 60 needed votes to pass it.

The measure ultimately garnered only 53 affirmative votes, with the remaining 46 senators voting against the measure.