Health Care Reform

Supporting Female Caregivers, Who Are Indispensable to Families, Communities, and Our Country

By NWHN Staff | Jan 1, 2013 | Comments Off on Supporting Female Caregivers, Who Are Indispensable to Families, Communities, and Our Country

They call us the “Sandwich Generation,” which sounds kind of nice. Who doesn’t like a good sandwich? But that phrase obscures a reality that virtually every woman either faces today or will face tomorrow: caring for herself while simultaneously looking after her children, parents, in-laws and, sometimes, grandparents. All this while coping with a challenging economy and a health care system that fails to consistently deliver high-quality, well-coordinated care.

Can We See Land Yet?

By Cindy Pearson | Nov 1, 2012 | Comments Off on Can We See Land Yet?

Can you imagine swimming the English Channel?  I certainly can’t.  I used to enjoy running long-ish road races when I lived in Southern California, but there’s no comparison between jogging for 2-3 hours and swimming through open water for over 14 hours. But, in 1926, a young woman named Trudy Erdele had the courage to try what no woman had ever accomplished.

What’s in the Health Care Law for Women? A Lot!

By NWHN Staff | Sep 1, 2012 | Comments Off on What’s in the Health Care Law for Women? A Lot!

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?

Feeling the Aftershocks of the Health Care Earthquakes

By Cindy Pearson | Jul 1, 2012 | Comments Off on Feeling the Aftershocks of the Health Care Earthquakes

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.

Thank You, Health Reform!

By Cindy Pearson | Mar 1, 2012 | Comments Off on Thank You, Health Reform!

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 exactly two years ago, health care reform opponents used a specific women’s health issue to try to stop the reform process altogether.

Medicaid Coverage of Plan B Over the Counter: New York State’s Experience

By NWHN Staff | May 1, 2009 | Comments Off on Medicaid Coverage of Plan B Over the Counter: New York State’s Experience

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.

Health Care Reform — A Women’s Issue

By NWHN Staff | Jan 1, 2007 | Comments Off on Health Care Reform — A Women’s Issue

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 on the best alternative for improving access to health care.