Abortion providers in states with bans ask: What now?

Jul 6, 2022
Some providers plan to go to a state friendlier to abortion care, while others intend to stay put. Either way, providing care is now more complicated.
In states where abortion access has been banned or severely restricted, legal ambiguity makes providing care more difficult.
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How tribal lands became abortion-care deserts, and why they won't fill new gaps in access

Jun 30, 2022
Those suggesting that reservations could serve as havens for abortion care are missing crucial context, experts say.
Abortion access is already limited on tribal lands by the Hyde Amendment. Above, an exam room in an Illinois abortion clinic on June 27.
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In states that ban abortions, providers are now turning into travel agents for people to leave

Jun 30, 2022
Costs can include gas for car travel or airfare, accommodation, child care for people who have other children and time off from work.
A Planned Parenthood center in Missouri in 2019. In states where abortions are banned or restricted, some clinics are reorienting efforts to connecting patients with abortion funds or out-of-state clinics.
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State abortion bans will push people "deeper into poverty," professor says

And for teens, says Lina-Maria Murillo, "you're essentially cutting them off from making major decisions about the future."
"In a country that has fought vehemently against universal health care, our maternal mortality rates are some of the worst in the industrialized world. Forcing birth is only going to make that worse," says Lina-Maria Murillo of the University of Iowa.
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High insulin prices have more people with diabetes sharing medicine and supplies

Jun 20, 2022
Many people with diabetes who can't afford the insulin they need to stay alive are turning to social media for help.
Alina Bills lives with Type 1 diabetes and wears an insulin pump to regulate her blood sugar.
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Need a CT scan? You may have to wait weeks, thanks to lockdowns in China and dye shortages

May 31, 2022
Because of COVID-19 restrictions, a critical Shanghai plant that produces the dye has been operating at reduced capacity for weeks.
Hospitals low on contrast dye are doing some CT scans without it or are booking patients weeks or months in advance. 
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What's with all the requests for reviews from health care providers?

May 20, 2022
As patients search the web for a doctor or dentist, online reviews have become more important to health care providers.
Dr. Mina Kim, pictured at her dental office in Manhattan, says her office staff asks patients if they would post a review shortly after they leave an appointment.
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The Biden administration is extending the public health emergency. Here's what that means.

May 17, 2022
The original declaration of January 2020 changed the health care landscape.
COVID tests and vaccines are free of charge as a result of the public health emergency declaration in 2020.
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How some companies help employees access abortions

May 3, 2022
Before the leaked Supreme Court opinion on Roe v. Wade, some employers said they would help workers pay for procedures like abortions.
Some companies are already covering employee expenses related to abortion care. Above, reproductive rights activists make signs outside the Supreme Court on Tuesday.
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Mall-to-medicine transitions make health care more convenient for suburban patients

Apr 13, 2022
With abundant parking and layouts that are easy to navigate, one-time shopping malls are attractive to some medical facilities looking to expand.
More than a decade ago, Vanderbilt University Medical Center moved 22 specialty clinics to a former mall, now taking up 440,000 square feet of One Hundred Oaks in Nashville.
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