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What is Your Reproductive Health Care IQ?

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Is it legal for a pharmacy to refuse to fill a birth control prescription?
  • Yes (correct answer). In most states pharmacies are allowed to withhold your birth control if it's against the personal views of the distributing pharmacist. Only six states guarantee women access to birth control prescriptions at their pharmacy: CA, IL, ME, NV, NJ and WA.
    55%
     
  • No
    44%
     
4987 responses
Do all insurance plans cover the cost of birth control?
  • Yes
    5%
     
  • No (correct answer). In about half the states, insurance companies are not required to cover birth control the way they cover other prescription drugs.
    94%
     
4987 responses
Do all American teens have to endure that embarrassing, awkward class about condoms, STDs and health called "sex education"?
  • Yes
    26%
     
  • No (correct answer). President Bush's administration supports teaching abstinence-only to students - and even offered federal assistance to school districts that agreed to teach students only about abstinence. Thankfully, by August 2008, half of all states turned down abstinence-only funding and insisted on providing their students comprehensive, age-appropriate sex education.
    73%
     
4987 responses
Do sexual assault survivors have access to emergency contraception, like the "morning-after" pill, in emergency rooms?
  • Yes
    43%
     
  • No (correct answer). In most states, there's no requirement to offer sexual assault survivors the "morning-after" pill in hospital emergency rooms. Only 14 states say it's necessary: AR, CA, CO, CT, IL, MA, MN, NJ, NM, NY, OR, SC, WA and WI.
    56%
     
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Do all Americans have access to a reproductive health center - somewhere they can see a doctor and discuss their options?
  • Yes
    23%
     
  • No (correct answer). Today, a shocking 87 percent of U.S. counties have no abortion providers.
    76%
     
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Payment Cuts for Medicare Physicians are Bad News for Older Americans

Payment Cuts for Medicare Physicians are Bad News for Older Americans

On January 1, 2010, physicians face a minimum across-the-board cut of 21 percent in Medicare payments. This cut will grow to about 40 percent in cumulative cuts by 2016 unless Congress permanently reforms Medicare's physician payment system. These cuts and low payments will limit older Americans' access to health care. How? Some doctors have said the cuts will force them to decrease or stop seeing new Medicare patients. Which means older people may be forced to travel further for needed medical care, or even go to emergency facilities instead of a doctor's office for basic care! Furthermore, pay cuts may stop physicians from purchasing health information technology. The Medicare physician payment system needs to keep up with rising practice costs so that seniors can be assured of continued access to quality care. Urge Congress not to settle for another temporary fix -- health system reform must include Medicare reform and we need a long-term solution now. America deserve nothing less!

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