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Children Raised by Grandparents Facing Health Insurance Crisis

Grandparents raising their grandchildren are facing a new challenge in obtaining child-only health insurance. Credit: Corbis With the passage of last year's federal health care overhaul, many families breathed a sigh of relief because...One of the groups being hit hard by the elimination of the child-only insurance policy are children who are being raised by their grandparents.

Report Ranks Best and Worst States for Child Health Care

A child's access to affordable health care varies widely from state-to-state. Credit: Getty A recent analysis of states' performance in children's health care found that where kids live and their parents' incomes have a significant...Nationally, 10 percent of children are uninsured, with the rate exceeding 16 percent in three states.

Should Health Insurers Be Required to Offer Free Contraceptives?

It's unclear whether the health care bill includes free contraceptives. Credit: Getty Images The health care bill is a hot topic these days, and a story in The New York Times today says that the bill requires health insurers to cover...When it comes to the health care bill, the question is whether or not "preventive health services" includes contraceptives and other family planning services for women.

In Tough Times, Middle Class Families Rely on Public Programs, Report Says

Preschool and health insurance are two factors found to be crucial to a child's future well-being. Credit: Getty If you're having trouble making ends meet these days, you're probably among the growing ranks of parents whose income has...The income gap between middle-class and high-income families has grown by more than 50 percent since 1985.

Your Insurance Company Really Doesn't Want to Have a Baby With You

Prenatal care is important, but that doesn't mean your insurance company will pay for it. Credit: Jose Luis Pelaez, Getty Images
Do you want to have a baby? Stop and think about it. This is a momentous decision. In fact, it is probably the...
Want to make a baby tonight? Better call your insurance agent.

You Can Insure Just Your Child ... for a Price

Sorry, kid, no individual insurance policy for you. Credit: Getty Images
Slowly, the man in the pinstripe suit raised the corners of his mouth in a self-satisfied smile. "Yeeees," he said as he rubbed his hands together. "You can have your...
Obama administration strike what some call a Faustian bargain with insurance companies, because the devil's in the details.

Insurance Companies Find Loophole, Leaving Sick Kids Without Coverage

Insurance companies are doing away with individual policies for children. Credit: Getty Images
This was supposed to be the week when a new federal law kicks in, banning insurance companies from denying individual policies for children with a...
This was supposed to be the week when a new federal law kicks in, banning insurance companies from denying individual policies for children with a history of health problems.

Nearly 5 Million U.S. Children Go Without Health Insurance

"Katie ... who?" The name Katie Beckett often draws blank stares -- even among adults who work with disabled children. But the Katie Beckett Waiver is a federal program (also known as the Deeming Waiver or the 2176 Model Waiver) that often...The name Katie Beckett often draws blank stares -- even among adults who work with disabled children. But the Katie Beckett Waiver is a federal program (also known as the Deeming Waiver or the 2176 Model Waiver) that often enables disabled children to be eligible for Medicaid and other services.

U.S. Kids, Parents More Likely to Have Conflict Than Europeans

Having trouble getting up the stairs? Sorry, your grown kids don't want to help. Credit: Ctd 2005, Flickr
Not getting along with your parents lately? Blame the American health care system. So says a new study by LiveScience, which found...

Young People Could Fall Through Cracks in Health Care Reform

In your early 20s and worried about losing medical coverage? Maybe you should be. Credit: Getty Images
Under federal health care reform, young people can stay on their parents' medical insurance until age 26. Cool? Well, you may want...

Amazing Dad: Jason Harper

Jason Harper and his family. Credit: Jason Harper
Amazing Dad: Jason Harper, who founded the Extra Mile Run to raise money for an under-served elementary school Jason's Family: Wife: Lynette, married 14 years; Kids: Madison, 12, Siah, 9 ...

'Melanie's Law' Benefits Research into Postpartum Depression

Her baby was just three months old when Melanie Stokes threw herself from the 12th floor of a Chicago hotel. The 39-year-old suffered from postpartum psychosis, and little was known about the condition when Stokes killed herself in 2001. Now,...

Autism Screening On Obama's Health Agenda

Autism screening and funding for treatment of the disease is high on President Barack Obama's agenda for the nation's health, and is the only disease or disorder called out on his new website, Whitehouse.gov, taking precedence even over cancer and...

Amish population growing steadily

They may seem old-fashioned with their overalls, straw hats, and long dresses, but the technology-avoiding Amish are managing to succeed quite well living an antiquated lifestyle in a modern world. A recent study found the Amish population has grown...

Deportation means death to a little girl

Immigration is definitely a hot-button item these days. Personally, I don't get it so much -- my father came to this country as a boy in 1939; my mother's family came over a fair bit prior, but basically, almost all of us, really, are immigrants. Be...

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