- How much do different kinds of birth control cost without insurance?
November 17, 2017
By Elly Kosova
When NWHN’s Policy Advocacy Director Sarah Christopherson was invited to speak at a Women’s Health Magazine panel on contraceptive access, she eagerly accepted, excited to talk to young women about their options. A few days before the event, she emailed me about a new research assignment.
I think of myself as a pretty prepared ...
- NWHN’s Take on Alex Azar: An Interview with Cindy Pearson
November 13, 2017
Over the last year, the Trump Administration has repeatedly appointed unqualified individuals to key public health posts. Alex Azar, Trump’s pick to head the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), is part of this same trend. Fresh from Eli Lilly, Azar has spent the past 10 years in Big Pharma. We sat down with ...
- What do we expect when we need pregnancy or abortion help?
November 9, 2017
You’ve probably seen ads for “crisis pregnancy centers” (CPCs, also called “pregnancy resource centers”), those fake clinics designed to appear like real comprehensive reproductive health clinics. Sometimes they set up right next to real clinics, mimicking the real clinic’s name and logo. They advertise under “abortion services,” burying in fine print that they don’t really ...
- Do YOU Want to Join the NWHN Board of Directors?
October 30, 2017
Do YOU Want to Join the NWHN Board of Directors? Who wouldn’t? It’s election time again, and the National Women’s Health Network (NWHN) is inviting nominations for our board of directors. We are seeking candidates who understand the NWHN’s mission, support its goals, and are committed to the organization’s activist nature. We value diversity in ...
- October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month
October 20, 2017
Far too many women, 1 in 8 to be precise, are diagnosed with breast cancer. Thanks to earlier detection – through screening and increased awareness – and better treatments, a woman’s risk of dying from breast cancer has dropped almost 40 percent between 1989 and 2015, saving 322,000 lives.
Reductions in the unnecessary use of menopause ...
- Standing up against Trump’s attack on birth control
October 13, 2017
Last week the Trump Administration released two new rules to dismantle the Affordable Care Act (ACA)’s contraception coverage, effective immediately. Unless the courts stop them, millions of employers will have the right to deny their employees birth control coverage for any reason—or no reason at all.
What has the contraceptive coverage rule meant for women and ...
- Let Women Get the Abortion Pill (Mifepristone) from Pharmacies
October 6, 2017
In exciting news this week, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) filed a lawsuit against the FDA in an effort to remove medically unnecessary barriers and make medication abortion more accessible. Since its approval in France in 1987, scientists and doctors have known that medication abortion, also called abortion with pills, is a safe and ...
- Graham-Cassidy: the Most Radical Trumpcare Bill Yet
September 20, 2017
Senate Republicans are making one last push to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and gut Medicaid and their latest Trumpcare bill known as Graham-Cassidy is the most radical one yet!
Pushed by Senators Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Bill Cassidy (R-LA), the bill repeals the ACA’s consumer protections, allowing insurance companies to once again discriminate against ...
- FDA Approvals: On a Fast-Track to Disaster
September 14, 2017
By Caila Brander, NWHN Policy Fellow
Most of us want to be confident when we start a newly prescribed treatment that the medication we take will improve the ailment we seek to treat. We believe that our drugs have been tested and proven effective. We assume that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) verifies that ...
- The Heated Battle for Healthcare
August 16, 2017
By Allyson Paiewonsky, NWHN Communications Intern
On a hot June day in D.C, I headed to a rally on Capitol Hill to save healthcare with three other summer interns from the National Women’s Health Network. We saw group of protesters waving signs urging the Senate to protect the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and save Medicaid. As ...