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Why the Affordable Care Act Matters for Women: Restrictions on Abortion Coverage

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.


FAMILY Act Coalition Letter to Congress

December 5, 2013 | On behalf of the undersigned organizations and the tens of millions of working families we represent, we urge you to become a co-sponsor of the Family And Medical Insurance Leave Act of 2013 (FAMILY Act).


La Guía de la Ley de Ausencia Familiar y Médica: Preguntas y Respuestas

La séptima edición de la guía de la Ley de Ausencia Familiar y Médica diseñada para responder a las preguntas más frecuentes sobre cómo la ley funciona y las protecciones que proporciona.


Why the Affordable Care Act Matters for Women: Better Care for Pregnant Women and Mothers

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) aims to improve conditions for pregnant women and new parents by providing the services they need to have healthy pregnancies and provide their children with a good start in life.


Why the Affordable Care Act Matters For Women: Choosing a Health Plan 101

Many women have questions about health insurance, the new insurance marketplace, and how to choose the best health plan for themselves and their families. While every family will have unique health care needs, the following information can help women make the best choices.


Why the Affordable Care Act Matters for Women: Summary of Key Provisions

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.


Why the Affordable Care Act Matters for Women: Affordability and Choice in the Insurance Marketplace

Between 2010 and 2014, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) progressively implements an array of rules and protections to make the private health insurance system – including employer-sponsored plans – better meet the needs of women and families. In particular, the ACA will help rein in premium increases, improve the adequacy of benefit packages, and make coverage more reliable.


Why the Affordable Care Act Matters for Women: Expanding Medicaid Family Planning Services

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.


Why the Affordable Care Act Matters for Women: Comprehensive Sex Education for Teens

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).


Why the Affordable Care Act Matters for Women: Expanding Access to Health Insurance

In 2010, the year the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was signed into law, approximately 19 million women – one in five women ages 19 to 64 – were uninsured. By 2014, the ACA will provide nearly all of these women with access to comprehensive health coverage by expanding Medicaid eligibility, making private plans more affordable, and eliminating discriminatory practices that have long kept women and small businesses out of the private market.


Paid Family and Medical Leave: Good for Business

FACT SHEET | Leading business owners and managers recognize that every worker will at some point need time off to attend to health or family issues.


Peggy Young and the Fight for Workplace Equality for Pregnant Workers

ISSUE BRIEF | The question before the U.S. Supreme Court in Young v. UPS is whether, and in what circumstances, an employer that accommodates non-pregnant employees must accommodate pregnant employees.


Schedules That Work

FACT SHEET | Federal level scheduling standards would go a long way toward providing the predictability and financial stability workers need.


The Women's Health Protection Act: Protecting the Patient-Provider Relationship

FACT SHEET | Details on a bill that would return health care decision making to women and their health care providers.


Bad Medicine

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.


Expecting Better: A State-by-State Analysis of Laws That Help New Parents (2014)

REPORT | Expecting Better is a comprehensive analysis of state laws and regulations governing paid leave and workplace rights for new parents in the United States.


Survivors of Domestic and Sexual Violence Need Paid “Safe Days”

FACT SHEET | On the need for the country's workplace policies to provide domestic and sexual violence survivors the support and job protection they need to recover - through a paid sick and safe days standard.


Why the Affordable Care Act Matters for Women: Health Insurance 101

Women need the right tools and information to access affordable, quality care and make the best health care choices for their families and for themselves.


Reasonable Accommodations for Pregnant Workers: State Laws

A summary of existing state laws that require employers to provide reasonable accommodations to pregnant workers.


The Paycheck Fairness Act

FACT SHEET | Enactment of the Paycheck Fairness Act (S. 797, H.R. 1519) would be a critical step forward in the fight for fair pay for women.


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