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May 21, 2013
Atlanta Catholic Archdiocese Rejects President's Birth Control Compromise, But Calls for More Talks: A Conversation with Communications Director Pat Chivers Atlanta, GA (2012-02-10) On Friday, Feb. 10th, President Barack Obama offered a compromise on the birth control mandate in the new health care reform law. It would free church hospitals, etc. from the requirement and shift the bill to insurance companies. The Catholic Church opposes birth control, and said the requirement violated its First Amendment rights as an employer. WABE's Denis O'Hayer got reaction to the President's proposal from Pat Chivers, Communications Director of the Catholic Archdiocese of Atlanta.
Atlanta's Catholic Archbishop Asks For Political Action Against Health Care Mandate: A Talk with Archbishop Wilton Gregory Atlanta, GA (2012-02-02) WABE's Denis O'Hayer spoke with Atlanta Catholic Archbishop Wilton Gregory, who has urged Atlanta Catholics to organize against a mandate from the Department of Health and Human Services. As part of the rules in the health care reform act, HHS has said it will require employers to cover employees' purchases of prescription birth control and similar medications. The Catholic Church opposes birth control, and calls the new mandate a violation of its 1st Amendment rights as an employer.
Georgia Receives Performance Bonus for Enrolling Kids in Children's Health Insurance Program and Medicaid Atlanta, GA (2011-12-28) Today 23 states were awarded federal funding for improving how they enroll children in Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program. Georgia for the first time will receive a bonus. As WABE's Rose Scott reports, the money is tied to the cost of covering children.
Health Insurance Premiums Keep Rising; Can State Officials Help Georgia Consumers? Atlanta, GA (2011-10-03) A report issued last week by the Kaiser Family Foundation found annual premiums for family coverage shot up 9% just this year. And, while most possible solutions to the problem will come on a national scale, there is at least some debate about what state policymakers can do for consumers in Georgia. WABE's Denis O'Hayer spoke with Jim Beck, chief of staff for Insurance Commissioner Ralph Hudgens, and with Holly Lang, Health Access Program Director for the consumer group Georgia Watch.
Health Care Lawsuit Hearing Preview: A Conversation with Prof. Timothy Jost of Washington and Lee University School of Law Atlanta, GA (2011-06-07) On Wednesday, June 8th, a 3-judge panel in Atlanta will hear arguments in the latest round of the legal fight over the nation's new health care law, which President Obama signed last year. In the days leading up to the hearing, WABE presents arguments from both sides. Today: Timothy Jost, a professor at the Washington and Lee University School of Law. He has done extensive work on health law, and has written a casebook on it. He spoke with WABE's Denis O'Hayer.
Health Care Lawsuit Hearing Preview: A Conversation with Karen Harned of the National Federation of Independent Business Atlanta, GA (2011-06-06) On Wednesday, June 8th, a 3-judge panel in Atlanta will hear arguments in the latest round of the legal fight over the nation's new health care law, which President Obama signed last year. In the days leading up to the hearing, WABE presents arguments from both sides. Today: Karen Harned, Executive Director of the Small Business Legal Center at the National Federation of Independent Business, which is one of the parties challenging the law. She spoke with WABE's Denis O'Hayer.