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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  • March 26, 2010

    Many of the tea party’s most influential grass-roots and national leaders are women, and a new poll released this week by Quinnipiac University suggests that...


  • March 24, 2010

    President Obama signed the 2,409–page health-care reform act into law yesterday, and the analyses of its effects are beginning to come out. Some provisions go into effect immediately, others in 3-6 months, others in 2014. Here’s how we...


  • March 23, 2010

    The new health care bill represents one of the biggest challenges to U.S. social policy in decades. And for several reasons it may have an especially large impact on women in the U.S.  Among the immediate effects for women, insurance companies...


  • March 23, 2010

    The current VBAC trend doesn't make medical sense. Earlier this month, after poring over data at the National Institutes of Health, a panel of experts concluded that VBAC is a reasonable option for many women and urged professional organizations to...


  • March 15, 2010

    Undocumented women are more likely to forego breast cancer treatment because of the costs involved with their care, says Mollie Williams, director of community health programs for Susan G. Komen for the Cure. "It is likely for these women to fall...