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FACT SHEET | Details on a bill that would return health care decision making to women and their health care providers.
States across the country are increasingly enacting laws mandating how health care providers must practice medicine, regardless of the provider’s professional judgment and the needs of his or her patients. As this report explains, these laws undermine the high quality, patient-centered care that health care providers and advocates strive to achieve. They are political infringement on the provision of health care – they are Bad Medicine.
In 2014, the National Partnership for Women & Families is urging members of Congress to stand up for women and families by supporting the following legislative agenda.
H.R. 7 is intended to eliminate all insurance coverage for abortion and ultimately deny women the right to make a real decision about whether to have an abortion.
The Affordable Care Act (ACA) is the greatest advance for women’s health in a generation. Improving health care has long been a priority for women, reflecting their experiences as patients, mothers, and caregivers.
Today, many uninsured or underinsured Americans receive their care from publicly funded clinics and health providers across the country known as essential community providers (ECPs). Many of these providers do not require insurance or any payment.
Abortion is one of the most common medical procedures for women; an estimated one in three women will have an abortion in her lifetime. The majority of women who have abortions already have at least one child and many list the need to care for their children as a primary reason not to have another.
Under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), many women of childbearing age will gain access to affordable health insurance for the first time.
Publicly-funded family planning services provide essential health care that low-income women urgently need. For many women, the cost of contraceptive services is a significant barrier to accessing this important care.
For the last few decades, most federal funding for sex education has been dedicated to abstinence-only until marriage education. Abstinence-only education has not been shown to reduce teen sexual activity, pregnancy or Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs).
The Quality Care for Moms and Babies Act (S. 425/H.R. 896), introduced by Senators Debbie Stabenow (D – Mich.) and Chuck Grassley (R – Iowa), and Congressman Eliot Engel (D – N.Y.), would improve the quality of maternity care for mothers and babies by ensuring that maternity care providers have the needed tools to guarantee that women have access to services that optimize outcomes for both mothers and newborns.
Medicaid provides critical health care for millions of lower income women and children who otherwise would be uninsured. At all ages, women and girls make up the majority of enrollees in Medicaid.
The Affordable Care Act (ACA) is the greatest advance for women’s health in a generation. It’s already improving the lives of millions of women and families, and will get even better with time.
The National Partnership for Women & Families wants to again commend the Administration for the extraordinary effort that has gone into implementing the Affordable Care Act (ACA) to date. We have long advocated for reforms that ensure access to comprehensive, affordable health care for all women and their families, with an emphasis on the needs of lower-income women.
We strongly urge you to support women’s reproductive health programs in the Fiscal Year 2013 (FY13) appropriations process and to reject any policy riders and funding cuts that would limit access to critical women’s health services.
H.R. 3541, the Prenatal Nondiscrimination Act (PRENDA), formerly known as the Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglass Prenatal Nondiscrimination Act, purports to address the critical issues of race and gender discrimination by banning abortion based on the race or sex of a fetus.
The District of Columbia abortion ban flies in the face of home rule, usurps the prerogatives of the local D.C. government, and tramples the rights of D.C. residents.
The National Partnership for Women & Families believes that no Peace Corps volunteer should have her life endangered because she cannot access a medical procedure that is safe and legal in the United States. We urge Congress to end the ban on abortion coverage for Peace Corps volunteers and trainees by passing Senator Frank R. Lautenberg’s Peace Corps Equity Act of 2013 (S. 813).
For generations, women have faced discrimination in health care. A number of provisions in the Affordable Care Act (ACA) aim to address this long-standing problem.
Birth control is an integral component of primary and preventive health care for most women and is vitally important to the health of both mothers and babies.
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