"Morning CheckUp: February 28, 2012"
Insurers open stores to peddle health plans: “Health insurers increasingly want to make shopping for a new health plan as easy and convenient as dropping into a local retailer to buy a TV. In recent years, a number of them have opened stores where consumers can stop by to talk with a customer service representative about buying a plan or resolve questions about their current coverage.” [Kaiser Health News]
Georgia advances abortion ban: “A measure that would ban abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy based on the scientific evidence showing unborn children feel pain passed out of committee and moves to the floor of the Georgia state House.” [LifeNews]
Conservatives seek to reframe contraception debate: “Conservatives — including conservative women — are pushing back hard against charges that opposition to the White House’s contraception mandate is an attack on women.” [The Hill]
Women’s Strike Force PAC: “In response to the wave of Virginia legislation that was seen by many as an attack on women’s rights, a group of women founded Women’s Strike Force—a political action committee that will recruit and support candidates to defeat politicians who back the ultrasound abortion and personhood bills. A number of former elected officials are founding members of the group.” [NBC Washington]
Oklahoma exchange proposal passes test vote: “A proposal to establish a state health-care exchange while deliberately not complying with the federal Affordable Care Act passed a test vote Monday, but only with the tepid support of three lawmakers.” [Tulsa World]
HPV vaccine for boys: “The leading group of U.S. pediatricians says it’s now time for boys, as well as girls, to be vaccinated against human papillomavirus. The American Academy of Pediatrics has updated its guidance to parents and doctors in favor of routine immunization for boys against the virus.” [NPR]