Disparities & Access

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.

FAST FACT: LGBT Health Edition

By Kyla Bender-Baird

This week has been National LGBTQ Health Awareness Week. All week I've been keeping my eye open for a fact to feature in honor of this important week.  Well, last night, the National Center for Transgender Equality delivered it straight to my inbox. Don't you love it when that happens? 


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Health Care Reform: Don't Step Back

By Linda Basch, PhD, President, National Council for Research on Women

When the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) was signed into law one year ago, it seemed that some legislators could hardly contain their exuberant rhetoric. They heralded, among other things, “the Civil Rights Act of the 21st century,” the completion of “the great unfinished business of our society,” and “a new day in America.”


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My Health Matters!

Stand Up and Say: My Health Matters!


The National Organization for Women – NYC is asking feminist leaders, writers, and advocates to get on board early with our My Health Matters YouTube campaign that we are launching this week, to counter the discriminatory and anti-woman agenda being proposed in Congress. We’re just rolling this out, and we need to build a critical mass of pioneering advocates to give the campaign momentum. We hope we can count on some of you to be among that group! All the details on the campaign are here. Videos can be found on YouTube. Simply search “My Health Matters.”

URL: 
www.nownyc.org/women/index.php/home/issues/issue-page-1-repro-rights/my-health-matters.php

House Republican Spending Cuts in H.R. 1 Devastating To Women, Families and the Economy

The bill to fund – and de-fund – the federal government for the remainder of fiscal year 2011, H.R. 1, passed the House on February 19, 2011, on a party-line vote (all but three Republicans voting voted for the bill; all Democrats voting voted against it). The bill slashes funding for services vital to women and girls at every stage in their lives, from early childhood to K-12, through their working and childbearing years, and into old age. In addition, the bill prohibits the federal government from enforcing important legal protections for women.

To find out more about how H.R. 1 affects women and families, read the National Women's Law Center's Fact Sheet.

URL: 
http://www.nwlc.org/sites/default/files/pdfs/hr1factsheetfeb2011_2.pdf
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We Love You: A Comedy Benefit Show for Planned Parenthood

Date/Time: 
03/27/2011

Have you ever wished that you were a good person? Now is your chance to pretend that you are! Come and see an AMAZING stand-up show featuring the way hilarious Jessi Klein, Andrea Rosen, Jared Logan, Joe Mande and Sarah Schaefer, Ho(sted) by Rose Surnow. All the proceeds go to Planned Parenthood so you can have a super fun night AND do something good for the world. We all win!

What: We Love You: A Comedy Benefit Show for Planned Parenthood
When: Sunday, March 27th at 8pm
Where:  People's Improv Theater (123 West 24th Street between Park and Lex)
Where to buy tix: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/160405
Who:

Jessi Klein- (SNL, Michael & Michael Have Issues)
Andrea Rosen-- (Stella, Comedy Central, Michael & Michael Have Issues)

Expert Profile

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Judy Waxman is Vice President of Health and Reproductive Rights at the National Women's Law Center. She pioneers advocacy, policy and educational strategies to promote the quality and availability of health care, including reproductive choice, for American women. Prior to joining the National Women's Law Center, Ms. Waxman served as Deputy Executive Director at Families USA for over a decade. In that capacity, she worked to achieve high quality, affordable health and long-term care for all Americans and was a leader on grassroots and activities on Medicaid, Medicare and other health care access legislative issues. She previously served as a Professional Staff Member with the Pepper Commission (the United States Bipartisan Commission on Comprehensive Health Care). Ms.

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Sharon L. Camp is President and CEO of the Guttmacher Institute, the leading policy research organization in the field of sexual and reproductive health. Prior to joining Guttmacher, Dr. Camp was President and CEO of Women’s Capital Corporation, a start-up company responsible for the development and commercialization of Plan B emergency contraception. For many years the leading spokesperson in Washington, DC for international family planning programs, she was also largely responsible for bringing together the highly successful International Consortium for Emergency Contraception and served until April 1998 as its Coordinator. From 1975 to 1993, Dr. Camp was Senior Vice President of Population Action International, managing PAI’s professional staff involved in lobbying, media liaison, policy research and publications.

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New York, NY 10038
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NCRW Summit Health Care Policy Brief (2010)

Despite recent progress in reforming the U.S. health care system, too many citizens lack access to affordable, quality care. As consumers, as primary decision-makers when it comes to family health, and as members of the health care workforce, women must play a central role in all discussions of health care provisions and policy reforms.

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