Raising Women's Voices for the Health Care We Need

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The NWHN is working toward the establishment of universal access to health care that meets the needs of diverse women through our Raising Women’s Voices for the Health Care We Need (RWV) campaign.  RWV, a collaborative initiative between the NWHN and our partners at the MergerWatch Project of Community Catalyst and the Black Women’s Health Imperative, brings together national state and local health advocates who are committed to making the promise of health reform real for women.

As an independent voice within the health reform movement for the health needs of all women, RWV is making sure women’s voices are heard and women’s concerns are addressed in efforts to improve access to care.  The RWV field network includes 30 regional coordinators covering 26 states and the District of Columbia.  The campaign focuses in particular on the concerns of low-income women, women of color, immigrant women, young women and members of the LGBT community.
NWHN advocacy priorities for improving women’s access to quality, affordable health care include:
  • health insurance marketplaces that engage women as stakeholders, offer plans that cover comprehensive care, including reproductive health care, and actively work to reduce health disparities.
  • health insurance outreach and enrollment campaigns that they reach diverse women and families in culturally and linguistically-competent ways, are user-friendly and help women find affordable health policies that meet their health needs.
  • expanded eligibility for Medicaid programs in every state so that low-income women and families have affordable insurance options, no matter where they live.
  • increased understanding of health care disparities that affect women, immigrants, communities of color, LGBT people and people with disabilities, and promotion of policies that advance health equity.
To stay informed about the RWV campaign and opportunities to support these priorities, sign-up to receive the campaign’s weekly e-newsletter.


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