Health Care Reform

Access Denied: Immigrant Women and the Affordable Care Act

By Lillian Hewko | Jul 1, 2014 | Comments Off on Access Denied: Immigrant Women and the Affordable Care Act

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 make health care reflect and respond to women’s needs.

Women 4 Health Care: Helping Women Get Covered

By Lillian Hewko | Jan 1, 2014 | Comments Off on Women 4 Health Care: Helping Women Get Covered

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 efforts.

Digital Mammography: Is Newer Always Better?

By Rachel Walden | Nov 1, 2013 | Comments Off on Digital Mammography: Is Newer Always Better?

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?

For Immigrant Women, Health Care Remains Out of Reach

By NWHN Staff | Nov 1, 2013 | Comments Off on For Immigrant Women, Health Care Remains Out of Reach

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.

Health Care Coverage: It’s Finally Happening!

By Cindy Pearson | Sep 1, 2013 | Comments Off on Health Care Coverage: It’s Finally Happening!

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.

Let the Sunshine In! New Law Ends Secret Drug Industry Payments & Gifts to Doctors

By NWHN Staff | Sep 1, 2013 | Comments Off on Let the Sunshine In! New Law Ends Secret Drug Industry Payments & Gifts to Doctors

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 was enacted as part of health care reform.

Fighting for the Health and Rights of Pregnant Women

By NWHN Staff | Jul 1, 2013 | Comments Off on Fighting for the Health and Rights of Pregnant Women

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 decisions about their health. Women’s health activists know this and have long advocated for an equitable health care system that supports women’s choices.

Challenges to the Contraceptive Coverage Rule: What’s at Stake?

By NWHN Staff | May 1, 2013 | Comments Off on Challenges to the Contraceptive Coverage Rule: What’s at Stake?

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 contraception violates employers’ religious beliefs.

Get Ready for No Co-Pays!

By NWHN Staff | Mar 1, 2013 | Comments Off on Get Ready for No Co-Pays!

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 applies to new plans, as well as to on-going insurance plans’ new coverage periods.

Women Need Access…and More

By Cindy Pearson | Jan 1, 2013 | Comments Off on Women Need Access…and More

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…