National Women's Law Center
Marcia Greenberger, Co-President
Joan Entmacher, Vice President for Family Economic Security
Fatima Goss Graves, Vice President for Education and Employment
Niesa Brateman Halpern, Vice President of Administration and Finance
Emily Martin, Vice President and General Counsel
Karen Schneider, Vice President for Communications
Judy Waxman, Vice President for Health and Reproductive Rights
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In the past half century, a commitment to principles of nondiscrimination and equality has transformed the lives of women and their families and the nation as a whole. But much remains to be done to ensure that the promise of equal opportunity is fulfilled in women's lives. We're working to realize a broad vision for progress for women and their families.
***MEDIA ADVISORY FOR THURSDAY, MARCH 24th***
Affordable Care Act at 1: Being a Woman is No Longer Considered a “Pre-Existing Condition”
Women’s Groups Leading Series of Events in States, Netroots Action Tomorrow Highlighting How the Affordable Care Act Is Working to Improve Women’s Health
Washington DC – As this week marks the one-year anniversary of the Affordable Care Act, women’s groups will host a series of events in six states, netroots activity, and a national webinar to celebrate what the new health law means for women.
The schedule of activity taking place on Thursday, March 24th includes:
- Events taking place in Washington, DC; Denver, CO; Tampa, FL; Des Moines, IA (with Surgeon General Regina Benjamin); Raleigh, NC; Albany, NY; Philadelphia, PA; Montpelier, VT, and local women telling their stories of how the Affordable Care Act is working for them.
- Over 25 organizations will participate in a national webinar at 1:00 PM EDT about how the law benefits women. The webinar will feature special White House guests:
Melody Barnes, the Director of the Domestic Policy Council and Domestic Policy Advisor to the President;
Jeanne Lambrew, Deputy Assistant to the President for Health Policy
Click here for more details: http://action.nwlc.org/acawebinar
- Webinar at 3:00 PM EDT for small business women co-hosted by National Women’s Law Center, Small Business Majority, MomsRising, and National Partnership for Women and Families. Click here for more details: http://bit.ly/gqTA75
- Webinar at 12:30 PM EDT for doctors about how the health care law is benefiting women with the National Physicians Alliance and the National Women’s Law Center. Click here for more details: http://bit.ly/gY08g5
- MomsRising and National Women’s Law Center will conduct a 24 hour blog-a-thon (starting on the 23rd and ending on the evening of the 24th).
- Coordinated email blasts with women’s organizations asking leaders to protect women’s health by keeping the health care law strong.
- Coordinated Facebook updates and tweets by women’s organizations about how women are benefiting from the health care law.
Women’s organizations participating in the effort include: Advancing Women’s Health Initiative, American College of Nurse Midwives, American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, American Medical Women’s Association, Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum, Black Women’s Health Imperative, Childbirth Connection, Coalition of Labor Union Women, Ibis Reproductive Health, Law Students for Reproductive Justice, Maryland Women’s Coalition for Health Care Reform, MomsRising, National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum, 9 to 5 the National Association of Working Women, National Coalition for LGBT Health, National Council of Jewish Women, National Council for Research on Women, National Council of Women’s Organizations, National Health Law Program, National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health, National Partnership for Women and Families, National Physicians Alliance Foundation, National Women’s Law Center, Older Women’s League, Raising Women’s Voices, Wisconsin Alliance for Women’s Health, and Women Heart.
This activity is coinciding with nearly 200 other events taking place across the country this week with seniors, small businesses and young people coming together to explain how they are benefiting from the Affordable Care Act now and to highlight what is at stake as opponents of the law work through Congress and the courts to repeal or overturn the law and put insurance companies back in charge of health care decisions for America’s families. Each event will demonstrate that now is the time to protect our care from those who would take away protections against pre-existing condition exclusions, prescription drug cost reductions, and expanded coverage for children, young adults and women.
Passage of the Affordable Care Act marked a new phase for women’s health in America. No more being charged higher premiums just because of her gender. No more being branded a pre-existing condition because of her Caesarean section or because she was the victim of domestic violence.
- The Affordable Care Act ends unconscionable insurance company practices against women. Insurers will no longer be able to charge women higher premiums than men or drop women and their families from coverage if they get sick.
- New security for essential care, such as maternity care. All new health plans will be required to cover health services important for women such as maternity care, newborn care and prescription drug benefits. A report in 2009 showed that only 13 percent of health plans sold in the individual health insurance market included maternity care.
- No more co-pays for preventive services, such as mammograms. Because of the Affordable Care Act, Americans joining a new health plan or Medicare beneficiaries can receive recommended preventive services without a co-pay, deductible or any other out-of-pocket expense – covering services like mammograms, new baby care and well-child visits.
National Women's Law Center (NWLC) Co-President Marcia D. Greenberger is expected to testify later today in support of the Supreme Court nomination of Solicitor General Elena Kagan, saying that her "remarkable legal record" demonstrates that she would take an "open-minded" and "scrupulously fair" approach to legal questions before the Court.
We are joining with dozens of other organizations to stand up for and strengthen our nation's Social Security system.
The United States is one of only seven countries in the world that has not yet ratified the Convention to End All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW). We need President Obama to send a strong and urgent signal to the Senate that ratification of CEDAW this year is vital.
On June 23, the Wisconsin Joint Finance Committee voted to approve appropriations for YoungStar, a QRIS that will rank child care programs on a scale of one to five stars based on a 40-point quality indicator system.
In the next week, the Senate will vote on a bill that extends for six months increased federal funds for Medicaid known as FMAP-the Federal Medical Assistance Percentage-which is basically the funding that states get for the federal share of Medicaid.
The last time we checked, our economy hasn't fully rebounded, state budgets are still in dire straits, and too many families are living from paycheck to paycheck - if they are lucky enough to have a paycheck at all, and the health of too many families is at risk.
A New York Times article recently highlighted the difficult choice many mothers in the U.S. are facing. As the recession persists and states make steep budget cuts, child care assistance programs may be among the many crucial programs affected.
The College Sports Council (CSC) released a study last week claiming that Title IX has hurt men's soccer.
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Opportunities, Grants & Fellowships
The fellow will work on a variety of issues, which may include: tax and budget policy, child care, income support, retirement security, education reform, equal education and employment opportunity, barriers for low-wage workers, and education
The fellow will focus on promoting opportunities for women and girls in school and at work. The issues may include improving graduation rates for girls, with a particular focus on low income girls, girls of color, and teen parents; addressing gender-based harassment and bullying; increasing gender equity in athletics, removing barriers for women in nontraditional education and job training; advocating for workplace fairness and equal pay. Responsibilities may include researching and analyzing policy and legal issues and drafting a variety of materials, such as memos, fact sheets, reports, comments on regulations, legal briefs.
As part of the Center’s work on women and health reform, the Health Fellow will work on a range of issues related to women’s access to health care, with particular emphasis on access to comprehensive and affordable health coverage for low-income women. Responsibilities will include gathering, analyzing and synthesizing research and data from a variety of sources; analyzing policy proposals; drafting reports and other written materials, and working with national and state-based coalitions on legislative and regulatory matters.