Health Care Reform

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We're fighting for universal coverage that meets the needs of women in all of their diversities.

The National Women's Health Network works for high quality, comprehensive, universal health coverage through our Raising Women’s Voices for the Health Care We Need (RWV) campaign, a joint initiative founded in 2007 with the Black Women’s Health Imperative and the Women’s Health Program of Community Catalyst (formerly MergerWatch). Through RWV, we ensure that women’s voices are heard and women’s concerns are addressed in the fight for coverage. Our priorities include defending and strengthening Medicaid and the Affordable Care Act and building support for policies that advance health equity and address the affordability and accessibility barriers that affect women, immigrants, communities of color, LGBTQ people, and people with disabilities.

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Together, we’ve obtained hard-fought victories that at one time we could only imagine, such as millions of women getting contraceptive coverage with no cost-sharing from their insurance plans as required by the new health care law. Historic decisions like this...

The time has finally come: health insurance marketplaces are now open for enrollment for people in every state! The NWHN fought long and hard to make sure women’s voices are heard and women’s concerns were addressed in health care reform...

You may have noticed last time you got a mammogram that your facility uses digital imaging rather than traditional X-ray film. Why is that? And, is there any benefit to the newer techniques?

Early this year, I heard Sophia’s story, and it has stuck with me ever since. Sophia is an undocumented Latina immigrant living in Texas. Because of her immigration status, she is locked out of our health care system.

NWHN members have always cared about health care coverage. Whenever we ask our members to tell us which policy issues they want the NWHN to address, they tell us that access to health care is their #1 priority.

On August 1, 2013, a new law went into effect that’s intended to protect patients and improve the public perception of medicine and the health care system. No, it’s not the new health care system, sometimes called “Obamacare.” But it...

It’s safe to say that women want a voice in decisions that will affect their lives – to be able to consider their options and have their choices respected. Women receive better health care when they’re actively engaged in making...

Since the Obama administration announced in August 2011 that health insurance plans would be required to cover contraceptive care without charging co-pays, over 50 lawsuits have been filed across the country claiming that requiring employers to provide insurance coverage for...

January 1, 2013, marked a new day in preventive health services coverage for many women! The Affordable Care Act (ACA) requires that all new private insurance plans cover key women’s preventive health services without additional costs like co-pays. This rule...

Ever hear that old joke?  One friend asks another “How was the continental breakfast at the hotel?” The friend replies, ‘It was awful. The coffee was cold, the pastry was stale, and the juice was sour. And there wasn’t enough...