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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Despite the huge and positive changes the health care law has made in the way health insurance works for people, the majority of Americans still don’t support the law or have mixed views about it. Why is that?

Health care earthquakes? What am I talking about? Well, first of all, it helps to know that I grew up in California and have been in more than a few earthquakes.

As I write this column, health care reform is under attack in Congress. Opponents of reform have seized upon one specific women’s health issue and are using it to try to undermine the entire effort. Sound familiar? It should. Almost...

Advocates fought for years to make emergency contraception available over-the-counter so that women could have convenient and timely access to this contraceptive option when they needed it. But removing the prescription requirement created a new barrier for some women.

Dissatisfaction with the cost and quality of the health care available in the United States is increasing. With the Democratic take-over of Congress in the November elections, there is new interest in changing the health care system, but little agreement...