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Looks like the rule to require employers to provide contraceptive services to women with no deductible, co-pay, or co-insurance is going through. This is amazing news for women in America!! (I'm slightly concerned about the temporary exemption for religious institutions, but I suspect that's just political stuff with the election this year.)

I'm still not going to completely believe this until I try to fill a prescription and don't have to pay for it though...
In August 2011, the Department of Health and Human Services issued an interim final rule that will require most health insurance plans to cover preventive services for women including recommended cont...
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+Richard Shih I completely agree with you. I think they're primarily concerned with females since they're the ones who incur the pregnancy costs against their health insurance, which is a hell of a lot more expensive than providing contraceptives free of charge. I think that condoms are more difficult to provide without a co-pay since they're currently an OTC "drug" like cold medicine, rather than something requiring a prescription. And there's less incentive for health insurance companies to provide contraceptives to males since there is no immediate gain for them in their costs, whereas for women, it's pretty much an immediate gain to ensure that the women aren't getting pregnant.

One way to get around that would be to implement condoms that require prescriptions, but then they would just go and jack up the prices to gauge the health insurance companies like they're already doing with birth control pills and other prescription contraceptives. Only in the US can a brand's patent expire, a generic get in and grab the market, and then the company behind the brand go and SUE the company behind the generic and jack up the prices.
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‘Contentment is the greatest treasure.’ ~Lao Tzu
Post written by Leo Babauta. One of the driving forces of my life for many years was the need to improve myself. It’s one of the driving forces for people who read my work as well. It’s an incredibly pervasive urge: we are always trying to improve, and if we’re not, that’s something we should improve. It’s everywhere. Where does this urge come from? It’s embedded in our culture — in the U.S. from Benjamin Franklin to the early entrepreneurial tit...
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Absolutely loving this update to the TiVo software. Everything is spiffier and the TV guide is beautiful (though I admit, I only ever use it to watch pre-recorded shows, not to flip channels).
If you've got a TiVo Premiere, you're going to be happy with the latest software update that adds some long-desired features. Not only can you now stream video from one TiVo Premiere to another TiVo P...
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I may not be a gamer, but I stand by every word of this.
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I liked it, and then I enjoyed it once the bell tower line was said. :D
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Kind of wished they ended it off with a picture of a 50-year-old fat guy playing a female avatar.
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