How much do different kinds of birth control cost without insurance?

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 … Continued

Together we did it! But the fight isn’t over!

Technical difficulties prevented us from reaching out last week to let you know we were fighting to save the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and celebrating its seventh anniversary as the biggest leap forward for women’s health in a generation. With our system back online, we didn’t want to miss the chance to share our new … Continued

Why Insurance Doesn’t Work Like a Salad Bar

By Caila Brander, NWHN Policy Fellow One of the most controversial debates stemming from Republican efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has been over maternity coverage and who should pay for it. Under the ACA, coverage for maternity and newborn care—like coverage for mental health care, prescription drugs, and more—is part of the … Continued

Should My Insurance Provider Cover My Emergency Contraception

I went to the pharmacy last week seeking Plan B, but I was told I would have to pay for it. I thought my insurance covered emergency contraception, how can I fight this?    Plan B is one of nearly two-dozen brands of emergency contraceptives in the United States. Emergency contraception is used to prevent … Continued

Help Close the Gap in Montana

I’m so impressed by the wonderful women’s health supporters in Montana. Just yesterday, a strong coalition of women’s and consumer health activists persuaded the Montana legislature to consider a bill that would close the coverage gap. Rallying around the slogan “70,000 Can’t Wait”, these activists overcame efforts to kill the legislation in committee, and succeeded in … Continued

Young Feminists: A Dependent Adult

It was October of my freshman year at Penn State University, and I awoke in a panic. The pain seared across my lower back and wrapped around my hips. I tried to get out of my bed and found that the pain was so intense that any time I moved my legs, I felt as … Continued

RX for Change: Singing the Part D Medicare Blues

One of the few things I looked forward to when I approached 65 was becoming Medicare eligible. Before becoming eligible for Medicare, I found a high deductible plan that I could afford as a self-employed person. Since I’m a really healthy person, it worked fine until I broke my ankle and needed surgery and a … Continued

As Long As It Takes! Health Care for All is Worth It.

As I write this, Network staffers are celebrating the Supreme Court decision in the King v. Burwell case (and the marriage equality cases, too!). I am not afraid to admit that we were worried. If the Supreme Court had decided against us, 6.3 million people in 34 states would have lost the financial subsidies that … Continued

Got a Subsidy? Share Your Story!

We need your help to defend access to affordable health insurance. The Supreme Court is about to hear a case that could wipe out affordable coverage for millions of people.   Women, especially those who struggle with economic barriers to health care, have benefited enormously from the Affordable Care Act (ACA). In 2014, over 9 million women … Continued

Get Covered, Stay Covered

If you’re one of the lucky ones — a working adult whose employer offers good health insurance at an affordable rate — then you you’re also likely to have all the information and tools you need to get your health insurance coverage and to stay covered from year to year. But if you’re not so … Continued