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Kirsten Sloan, Vice President

From the desk of ... Kirsten Sloan

Medicare Matters to Older Women

April 24, 2012 | Health Care
The Medicare Trustees announced this week that the program will remain solvent until 2024 - the same projection as last year.

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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

Older Women's Stake in Health Reform

April 3, 2012 | Health Care
This week, all the talk in Washington has been about handicapping the outcome of the Supreme Court health reform cases, and identifying winners and losers.

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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

10 Things to LOVE About the Affordable Care Act

March 21, 2012 | Health Care | Reproductive Health
This week, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) turns two. Let's not mince words: This law is the greatest advance for women's health in a generation.

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Kirsten Sloan, Vice President

From the desk of ... Kirsten Sloan

Defending Progress on Health Care

January 17, 2012 | Health Care | Judges and Supreme Court
In March, the United States Supreme Court will hear a challenge to the Affordable Care Act (ACA) - the health reform law enacted in 2010.

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Keely Monroe, Program Coordinator, Raising Women's Voices for the Health Care We Need

From the desk of ... Keely Monroe, Raising Women's Voices for the Health Care We Need

Keep Medicaid Safe to Keep Women Healthy!

November 18, 2011 | Health Care

With a little over a week for the Congressional super committee to complete its work, we must raise our voices to ensure Medicaid and the Affordable Care Act (ACA) are protected in the final deficit reduction package.

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Danielle Garrett, Healthy Policy Analyst, National Women's Law Center

From the desk of ... Danielle Garrett, National Women's Law Center

Tell Congress That Preserving Medicaid is Critically Important to Women and Families

November 18, 2011 | Health Care

The deadline for the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction (The Super-Committee) to reach an agreement is fast approaching.

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Andi Friedman, Senior Policy Advisor, Reproductive Health Programs

From the desk of ... Andrea Friedman

Dear Supercommittee: There's Nothing "Super" about Cutting Medicaid

November 18, 2011 | Health Care
As a nation, our conversations often revolve around "family values." Yet when it comes to showing that we truly value families, politicians sometimes fall short.

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Davida Silverman, Staff Attorney, NHeLP

From the desk of ... Davida Silverman, NHeLP

Super Committee and Health Care: How Potential Cuts to Medicaid Could Harm Low-Income Women and Girls

November 18, 2011 | Health Care

"Shared sacrifices." "Tough decisions." "Everything is on the table." This is the rhetoric being used to describe the Super Committee's daunting task of reducing the national deficit by $1.2 trillion over the next ten years.

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Anjela Jenkins, National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health

From the desk of ... Anjela Jenkins, National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health

How Washington's Budget Priorities Injure Immigrant Women

November 17, 2011 | Health Care

Many women in the United States take a huge step forward under the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

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Natalie Camastra, Policy Intern, National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health

From the desk of ... Natalie Camastra, National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health

Why Now is the Time to Support, Not Undermine, Medicaid

November 17, 2011 | Health Care

The National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health (NLIRH), as the only national organization advocating for reproductive justice and health for millions of Latinas, their families and their communities, strongly urges the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction, or "Supercommittee" to reexamine their logic when considering cuts or reforms to Medicaid in order to achieve deficit reduction.

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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

Welcome Progress, But the Final Verdict on ACOs Is Yet to Come

October 28, 2011 | Health Care
Last week, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) may have done what once seemed impossible. Its final rule on Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) seems to have put an end to the rancor and bitter debate on this particular issue, shaping a framework that just about all parties can accept.

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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

Realizing the Full Potential of Health Reform

When it passed, we recognized the Affordable Care Act (ACA) as the greatest advance for women's health in a generation.

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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

On the Right Track: Institute of Medicine's Essential Benefits Report

October 7, 2011 | Health Care | Reproductive Health
America's women and families want and need confidence that when they buy health insurance, it will cover comprehensive benefits that meet their needs. Thanks to health reform, we may soon get that.

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Christine Bechtel, Vice President

From the desk of ... Christine Bechtel, Health IT

In the Works: New Patient Rights

Patients and families may soon have a great opportunity to have more control over - and make improvements in - the health care they receive.

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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

Crisis Averted. Now What?

August 2, 2011 | Health Care
The deal is done. Both chambers of Congress have now voted, and President Obama has signed an unprecedented bill into law to avert the immediate catastrophe of a government default. But the country will be living with the consequences of this deal for decades to come.

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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness, Repro Health Watch

In Science v. Politics, Science Scores a Win

July 21, 2011 | Health Care | Reproductive Health
A milestone for women's health is finally within reach: On Tuesday, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) identified the full range of FDA-approved contraception and birth control options as preventive health services - and recommended that they be made available to women without additional fees or co-payment under health care reform.

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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

Seniors in America Today: "Not a Pretty Picture"

Earlier this week, I was privileged to be a part of Volunteers of America's third annual discussion on aging issues. I was on a panel with Arianna Huffington, Huffington Post co-founder and editor-in-chief; Mike King, National President and CEO of Volunteers of America, Inc.; and Lorraine Cortés-Vázquez, AARP Executive Vice President of Multicultural Markets and Engagement. Our topic: How our nation's public policies affect older Americans, especially women.

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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness, Repro Health Watch

Relentless. Deceptive. Dangerous.

May 5, 2011 | Health Care | Reproductive Health
The ""war on women"" in the House of Representatives rages on.

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Judith L. Lichtman, Senior Advisor

From the desk of ... Judith L. Lichtman

The Affordable Care Act at One

This week is the first anniversary of the Affordable Care Act - the greatest advance for women's health in a generation.

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Laura Hessburg, Senior Health Policy Advisor

From the desk of ... Laura Hessburg, Repro Health Watch

Let's Not Reverse Our Progress on Stopping HIV/AIDS

March 10, 2011 | Health Care | Reproductive Health

Today is National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, when we should all pause to remember that the HIV/AIDS epidemic is still shaping and taking too many lives, in the United States and around the globe.

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