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Raising Women's Voices

Urge Congress to Vote No on Repeal
of the Affordable Care Act

Let your members of Congress know that women oppose roll-back of health care reforms that are already helping women and families

The House of Representatives will vote this week on repeal of the Affordable Care Act.  Email or call your Representative now at 877-667-6650 to say Vote No on Repeal of Health Reform.  Deliver the message that repeal would hurt millions of women who have already been helped by important advances of the new health reform law.

Today, women have better access to health care and greater peace of mind because the Affordable Care Act has already begun to fix the gaps and breakdowns of the health care system that had been failing for decades to meet the needs of women and families.  Tell Congress your own story, or use the examples below, to make sure they know how health reform has helped you and your family.
  • Women are protected from some of the worst abuses that insurance companies have inflicted on us because our insurance policies can no longer be canceled when we get sick. Also, insurers can no longer set lifetime and annual limits on the care they will pay for, saddling us with a lifetime of medical debt.
  • Women can extend insurance protections to our dependent children up until their 26th birthday by keeping them on our family policies until they get jobs that offer insurance.
  • Older women are getting help paying for the prescription drugs we need that aren’t paid for by Medicare drug coverage because of the donut hole.
  • Women are able to choose the primary care provider who is best for us and for our family members.
  • Many of us no longer have to pay co-pays and deductibles for the preventive care we need, like mammograms and pap smears.
  • Insurance companies can no-longer deny coverage to our children because of pre-existing conditions.

Tell Congress that repeal would hurt women and families by bringing a halt to important improvements already in motion.
  1. Repeal would roll back the promise of more affordable insurance that’s easier to obtain for the 4.5 million women who will be newly eligible for Medicaid in 2014 and the 11 million women who will be eligible for tax credits to subsidize the cost of premiums and out-of-pocket costs.
  2. Repeal would take away the protections that will make it easier for women to find comprehensive health insurance that covers maternity and mental health care by requiring all plans sold to individuals and small employers to cover these essential health benefits.
  3. Repeal would give insurance companies the green light to continue charging higher rates to women and denying us coverage if we’ve had breast or cervical cancer, a Cesarean section delivery or received medical treatment for domestic violence.
  4. Repeal would take away the tax credits that are making it easier for small employers to provide health insurance for their employees, many of whom are women.
Email or call your Representative today at 877 - 667 - 6650 to urge a vote against repeal.

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More Experts Call for Removing Co-pays from Contraceptive Coverage

The Institute of Medicine’s Committee on Preventive Services for Women met again last week to hear from more experts, as well as from the public, about what preventive services are necessary for women’s health and well –being.  RWV made comments during the open session of the meeting.  We thanked committee members for their commitment to a science-based process and their hard work. We reminded them that until they complete their task, women are still not getting the cost-free coverage for critical preventive services that the new health reform law is delivering for others.  We told the Committee that its work is vitally important to women and that we’re looking forward to its thoughtful – and speedy – conclusions.

Invited presenters at the meeting included many experts who share RWV’s goal of ensuring that contraceptive supplies, services and counseling will be exempted from cost-sharing, as Congress intended when it added the Women’s Health Amendment to the Affordable Care Act.  Two panels of speakers from women’s health organizations and national health interest groups urged the Committee to recognize in its recommendations that comprehensive contraceptive care is a critically important part of women’s preventive health care.  You can read the Guttmacher Institute’s excellent comments here.

RWV was joined during the open session by representatives from a number of organizations who also noted the preventive health benefits of contraceptive care, including an RWV advisory board member the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health and other allies such as the Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs, American Civil Liberties Union, and Ovarian Cancer National Alliance.  Some groups that oppose contraception and that spoke at the previous Committee meeting spoke last week as well.  Once again, they expressed their belief that contraception is not part of health care and asked the Committee to create an exemption so that insurance policy holders who personally oppose contraception will have the right to choose an insurance plan that doesn’t cover it.  They also put forward factually inaccurate arguments against contraception including that use of contraception during the teen years damages a woman’s fertility later in life.

The Committee will meet again during the spring and is scheduled to complete its work by the end of June.  In the meantime, you can take action to support the Contraception is Prevention campaign by clicking here.

Email or call your Representative now  877-667-6650

Urge them to
Vote No on Repeal of Health Reform 

Repeal would hurt millions of women who have already been helped by important advances of the new health reform law.
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