Huffington Post — Bisexuality not deemed a ‘legitimate sexual orientation’ by heterosexual men, women
Both heterosexual men and women have serious doubts about bisexuality as a “legitimate sexual orientation,” a new study has found. The analysis, led by Dr. Mackey Friedman of the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health and presented this week at the American Public Health Association’s 141st Annual Meeting & Exposition in Boston, made some startling revelations about the “prejudice, stigma and discrimination” the bisexual community faces, according to a press release. Officials administered a 33-question survey to an online sample of 1,500 adults. Although researchers were quick to point out that heterosexual men were three times more likely to have doubts about bisexuality as a sexual orientation, straight women, gay men and lesbians had similar qualms.
Bloomberg — Mental health coverage expanded to most insurance plans
Insurers will be required to cover treatment for mental illness in the same manner they provide care for physical health, as part of new long-awaited rules being released by the U.S. government. Kathleen Sebelius, secretary for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, announced the regulations at an event today in Atlanta with Rosalynn Carter, the former first lady. The rules, five years in development, mean that insurers won’t be able to charge higher co-payments or deductibles for treatment of mental illness or limit the duration of care any more than for treatment of a physical condition.
CNN — Obamacare: After President Obama’s apology, talk of solutions
President Barack Obama’s apology to Americans whose health insurance plans are being canceled because of the Affordable Care Act opens the door to the question of how the problem will be fixed — even as his administration tries to overcome the dysfunctional rollout of the website where people are supposed to be able to choose new coverage. As the president’s apology was being aired in an exclusive interview with NBC News on Tuesday, talk was in the air of new legislation in Congress and unspecified steps the president might take on his own.
CTV — FDA to ban artery-clogging trans fats
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is beginning a process to ultimately ban the use of artificial trans fat in processed foods, saying the fats are no longer “generally recognized as safe” for consumption. The agency announced Thursday it was taking steps to require the food industry phase out the use of partially hydrogenated oils, which are the primary source of trans fat in processed foods. FDA Commissioner Dr. Margaret A. Hamburg said eliminating artificial trans fat would help protect Americans and could prevent as many as 20,000 heart attacks as well as 7,000 deaths from heart disease each year.