• TheTrumpcare #zombiebill is back!
    April 27, 2017
    Like the zombie in a bad horror movie that keeps rising, again and again, the Trumpcare bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is once again threatening our health care. With Donald Trump’s 100th day in office just two days away, the media-obsessed White House has been in a panic to notch a win—even ...
  • NWHN Shines a Spotlight on Scott Gottlieb – Why He is Wrong for Women!
    April 4, 2017
    This Wednesday, the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) will consider the nomination of Dr. Scott Gottlieb to head the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) with a floor vote possible at the end of April. Gottlieb has made millions of dollars consulting for and investing in the pharmaceutical industry and continues to be ...
  • Weighing Your Options: Depo-Provera and HIV Risk!
    March 31, 2017
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    By Caila Brander, NWHN Policy Fellow for Challenging Dangerous Drugs and Devices Researchers studying the link between contraceptive use and HIV have uncovered a connection between using the Depo-Provera and contracting HIV. In light of these findings, the World Health Organization (WHO) has changed its safety classification for injectable contraception. Depo-Provera is the most widely used ...
  • Ending the Endometriosis Silence
    March 24, 2017
    The 4th annual Worldwide Endometriosis March will take place on March 25th. Endometriosis is a chronic disease that affects women during their reproductive years. It occurs when uterine-lining tissue is found growing outside of the uterus, typically resulting in immense pain during and between periods, heavy and long menstrual cycles, gastrointestinal upsets, and fatigue. There ...
  • The ACA Turns 7 Today! What Has It Meant for Women?
    March 23, 2017
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    Today we celebrate the seventh anniversary of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), the biggest leap forward for women’s health in a generation. Those first two words of the law’s name are often dropped for convenience but as we reflect on everything the law has done, it’s important to remember that “patient protection” ...
  • Why Insurance Doesn’t Work Like a Salad Bar
    March 16, 2017
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    By Caila Brander, NWHN Policy Fellow One of the most controversial debates stemming from Republican efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has been over maternity coverage and who should pay for it. Under the ACA, coverage for maternity and newborn care—like coverage for mental health care, prescription drugs, and more—is part of the essential ...
  • The Best Defense is a Good Offense: Get Tested!
    March 9, 2017
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      For 12 years, March 10 has been observed as National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NWGHAAD). The CDC estimates that over 280,000 women are living with HIV and of those women, 11% don’t know they are infected. The theme for NWGHAAD is: The Best Defense is a Good Offense. This theme speaks volumes because ...
  • Birth Control is More Effective When Providers Empower Women!
    March 6, 2017
    By Caila Brander, NWHN Policy Fellow The Guttmacher institute recently published a report that concluded that birth control failure rates are decreasing across the country, after years of stagnated progress. Every method presented a gap between how well it works if used exactly how it is intended to be used, versus its“typical-use” failure rate, which measures ...
  • Obesity and Your Heart
    February 8, 2017
    February is Heart Health Month! Did you know that heart disease is the number one killer of women? Per the American Heart Association, heart disease kills 1 in 3 women each year. These statistics may be eye-opening and nerve-wracking but here’s the thing—Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that at least 200,000 of ...
  • From Phantom Activist to Marching on the Streets of Washington, D.C.
    January 26, 2017
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    By Caila Brander, NWHN Policy Fellow I have many prominent memories from the Women’s March on Washington. Hearing the cheers of half a million people reverberate through the buildings on Independence Avenue, all calling for change. Starting the march, our energy electric, singing and chanting as we made our way to Pennsylvania Avenue. Watching as the ...