- The Power of Protection: Why the FDA’s Policy on Female Condoms Matters
January 12, 2018
By Eliana Kosova
A few weeks ago, the Food and Drug Administration issued a proposal that would update the single-use female condom to a Level II classification, and rename it the “internal condom.” Following FDA procedures, they opened the proposal up to comments.
Here at the NWHN we were thrilled, since we’ve been making our voices heard, ...
- How Trump and the GOP rigged our tax system for the rich and legalized corruption.
December 20, 2017
This week House and Senate Republicans passed their deficit-busting tax giveaway to corporations and the ultra-rich without a single Democratic vote, clearing it for Donald Trump’s signature. After failing to repeal the Affordable Care Act outright earlier this year, GOP leaders gloated that “doing away with the individual mandate makes the ...
- Soaring Prescription Drug Costs: Why the price just isn’t right
December 7, 2017
By Eliana Kosova
Given the divisiveness of our current political climate, it sometimes seems like Americans simply cannot agree on anything. Reducing costs of prescription drug prices may be the exception! A recent public opinion poll revealed that “77 percent of Americans believe that the prices of prescription drugs are unreasonable.” Research also shows that “7 ...
- We must STOP the GOP Tax Scam!
November 29, 2017
Congressional Republicans’ effort to pass their tax bill is under way. Now we must fight even harder to KILL THE BILL!
Senate Republicans cleared one of their last procedural hurdles yesterday when the Senate Budget Committee voted to move the GOP tax bill to the floor. The bill would repeal the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) individual ...
- 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 ...
- Pregnant and Scared? How fake clinics prey on women
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 ...