Daily Archives: July 1, 2012



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By Laura Bassett


WASHINGTON — Although the requirement that contraception be covered by employers’ health care plans was not an issue addressed by the Supreme Court on Thursday, the measure has become one of the most controversial aspects of the Affordable Care Act. But Thursday’s decision upholding the law will have a profound effect on millions of women that extends far beyond free birth control.

Beginning in August, woman of all income brackets will be able to obtain contraception, annual well-woman visits, screenings for sexually transmitted infections and gestational diabetes, breastfeeding support and supplies, and domestic violence screenings without any co-pays or deductibles. Currently, 62 percent of women buying health insurance in the individual market do not have maternity coverage, but under the health care law, 8.7 million more women will gain that coverage starting in 2014.

The Affordable Care Act also prohibits insurance companies from charging women higher…

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Inspirational Woman Of The Day: Serena Williams


Serena Williams, born September 26, 1981, in Saginaw, Michigan, began playing tennis early, enduring daily two-hour practices with her father at age three. In 1995, Serena turned pro, and, along with her sister Venus, enjoyed a run of high-profile victories. In 2009, Serena was fined and placed on probation for allegedly threatening a lineswoman, but is doing her best to move past the incident.

Early Life

American tennis player. Born Serena Jameka Williams on September 26, 1981, in Saginaw, Michigan. The youngest of Richard and Oracene Williams’ five daughters, Serena Williams, along with her sister Venus, has at various times throughout her career dominated the sport, capturing 11 Grand Slam singles titles and 10 doubles championships.

Serena’s father—a former sharecropper from Louisiana determined to see his two youngest girls succeed—used what he’d gleaned from tennis books and videos to instruct Serena and Venus on how to play the game. At…

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