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November 15th, 2011
01:27 PM ET

Supreme Court to hear challenge to health reform law

The Supreme Court has agreed to review the constitutionality of the sweeping health care reform law championed by President Barack Obama. 

The justices will decide whether congress overstepped their authority by requiring that all Americans buy health insurance or be forced to pay a penalty. The high-stakes ruling will likely be delivered in the middle of the 2012 presidential race.

Carol Costello speaks with CNN Senior Legal Analyst Jeffrey Toobin to discuss the role political prejudice will play in how the justices will decide this case.

Filed under: Health care • Supreme Court
October 17th, 2011
10:56 AM ET

Obama administration drops program from new health care reform law

The Obama administration is dropping a major initiative in the new health care reform law before it even gets off of the ground. The voluntary insurance program was supposed to help people pay for long-term medical care in their home or in a nursing home, but the administration now says that the program would be too costly.

Republicans, who have raised doubts about the program's financial solvency since the president's health overhaul law was put into place, are saying that the suspension is proof that the program is fatally flawed.

Elizabeth Cohen, CNN senior medical correspondent, explains why the program is being scrapped so quickly and weighs in on the potential political fallout.

Filed under: Health care
August 15th, 2011
10:05 AM ET

Appeals court says government can't force you to buy insurance – will health care reform go to the Supreme Court?

Washington (CNN) - A federal appeals court has tossed out key provisions of the sweeping health care reform bill championed by President Obama, setting up a likely election-year showdown at the Supreme Court over the landmark legislation.

A 2-1 panel of the 11th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals in Atlanta on Friday found that the law's "individual mandate" section - requiring nearly all Americans to purchase health insurance by 2014 or face financial penalties - was an improper exercise of federal authority.

On American Morning this morning, CNN legal contributor Paul Callan talks with Alina Cho and Carol Costello on the legal implications of this decision and whether the case is headed to the Supreme Court.

Filed under: Health care • Law
August 1st, 2011
11:32 AM ET

White House will require insurers to cover birth control, other contraceptives

Breaking this morning, we learned that the U.S. Department of Health will require health insurance plans to provide contraceptives - for free.

That means women won't have to pay any co-pays on various forms of birth control. It's part of a decision by the government that requires insurers to cover preventive health services.

Today, CNN senior medical correspondent Elizabeth Cohen explains why the decision was made and what items will be covered.

Filed under: Birth control • Health care
April 6th, 2011
08:26 AM ET

CT scans of kids increase fivefold, raise radiation concerns

Children are receiving more radiation at the hospital now then they did in the last decade. A new study finds CT scans of kids have increased fivefold between 1995 and 2008. Most of the scans—nearly 90 percent—are performed on children in non-pediatric emergency rooms.

Children are more susceptible to radiation’s harmful effects, so what considerations should parents have before signing off on a CT scan? Is it better to take your child to a children’s hospital, and what’s the difference in care compared to a regular hospital?

CNN senior medial correspondent Elizabeth Cohen addresses these questions on American Morning today.

Filed under: Health • Health care • Parenting
March 23rd, 2011
09:46 AM ET

Consumer Reports reviews Obama's health care bill

Wednesday marks one year since President Obama signed the Affordable Care Act into law, but many of the bill's nuances are still unclear to Americans.

Consumer Reports is reviewing the bill and sorting fact from fiction. Nancy Metcalf, the Senior Program Editor for Consumer Reports Health, talks to American Morning's Christine Romans about the health care bill on its one year anniversary.

Filed under: Consumers • Health care • U.S.
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