Health, Reproductive Rights & Sexuality

Many of the health challenges faced by women are a result of insufficient access to basic prevention information, health services and insurance coverage. In the pharmaceutical and health industries, the gender dimensions of diseases and treatments are often overlooked in setting research priorities and developing new products. The availability and quality of health care may vary according to race, income, ability, geographic location or immigration status. In the U.S., finding affordable health insurance is particularly challenging for women, who often pay higher premiums than men. Many insurance companies fail to cover or provide adequate maternity care or essential reproductive health services. Additionally, women experience more part-time and interrupted jobs and careers due to caregiving and family responsibilities and require portable health plans that provide stable coverage.

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By Melissa StevensonAs an ever-growing proportion of state budgets and the second biggest state expenditure after education, Medicaid presents itself...
By Kyla Bender-BairdThis week has been National LGBTQ Health Awareness Week. All week I've been keeping my eye open for a fact to feature in...
By Linda Basch, PhD, President, National Council for Research on WomenWhen the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) was signed into law...
In this video, Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius answers questions on how the Affordable Care Act will increase access to...

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  • April 15, 2010

    Women make the primary health care decisions in two-thirds of American households. They account for 80 cents out of every dollar spent in drugstores and are likelier than men to choose the family's health insurance. Even when both parents work, wives...


  • April 13, 2010

    For the first time in decades, researchers are reporting a significant drop worldwide in the number of women dying each year from...


  • April 9, 2010

    More than what’s in the box, a rape kit is a system, a protocol followed in order to streamline services deployed in the wake of a sexual assault—including medical care, police investigation, and rape crisis counseling. The contents of the...


  • April 6, 2010

    There's been much talk of the recently passed health care bill and how it will affect millions of Americans. Host Michel Martin sits down with Marcia Greenberger, founder and co-president of the National Women's Law Center, about how the new law will...


  • April 5, 2010

    Oklahoma's Democratic governor has signed into law three "emergency" anti-abortion bills that take effect immediately. An abortion-rights...