HERvotes: Why I Support the Health Care Law

As the Supreme Court begins hearings that could spell the dismantling of the Affordable Care Act, the Ms. Blog will highlight what the act has done–and will do–for women. Here, Amy Cotton tells of a life that could have been saved by the ACA. This time of year, it’s impossible to avoid the wall-to-wall displays […]

Is Obama Caving to Bishops out of Misplaced “Gratitude”?

According to an inside scoop from RHReality Check, President Obama is leaning toward bowing to pressure from the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops to exempt religiously affiliated organizations from mandatory birth control coverage. This would mean that organizations that aren’t actual churches–such as colleges, universities and hospitals–would get out of covering birth control in insurance […]

#HERvotes Blog Carnival Takes on Health Care

Welcome to the third #HERvotes Blog Carnival! This time, the focus is on women and health care. The blog posts below contain lots of information about the new benefits from the Affordable Care Act, and offer original insights on what’s at stake for women–especially in the 2012 election. You’ll also find personal stories and analysis […]

It’s in the Law: Breaking Down What’s In It For You in the Affordable Care Act

Greater protections against insurance company abuses: NO MORE RESCISSIONS: Insurance companies are prohibited from dropping your coverage if you become sick. NO MORE LIFETIME LIMITS: Insurance companies are prohibited from limiting the amount of money they will pay for your benefits over your lifetime. NO MORE ANNUAL CAPS: Insurance companies are prohibited from limiting the […]

“Care,” the New Four-Letter Word

Thank you Affordable Care Act. In the current political climate it is rare to hear praise for this important legislation that the last Congress fought so hard to pass. Healthcare Reform has become a dirty term and the efforts to undo it are an unfortunate distraction from the problems our country truly need fixed. I […]

Weathering Health Inequality

A hypothesis with legs. In the early 1990s, Arline Geronimus proposed a simple yet profound explanation for why Black women on average were having children at younger ages than White women, which she called the “weathering hypothesis.” It goes like this: Racial inequality takes a cumulative toll on Black women, increasing the chance they will have health problems at […]

Better Health Care for Millions of Women? The Right Wing Is Outraged, Outraged!

When Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced last week that birth control and other women’s preventive health care services would be covered by health insurance starting in August 2012, it set off a cacophony of right-wing hysterics. They zeroed in on the “radical” concept that contraception is prevention and displayed […]

Birth Control Pills … Or a Frappuccino?

As the Ms. Blog reported yesterday, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) will require all health insurers to fully cover women’s preventative health services, including birth control. With birth control costing some women hundreds of dollars each year, this measure slightly reduces the financial burden of being a woman. It may surprise some […]

Catholic Death Panels Coming to a Hospital Near You

When you have a medical emergency, you want to get to the nearest hospital–fast. But if you’re a pregnant woman with a medical emergency, the nearest hospital may refuse to treat you if it’s Catholic-run. The medical personnel may have to let you die, because the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops–or as I’ve begun to […]

U.S. Flunks Women’s Health

Kids might dread that report card that comes every winter, but a nationwide report card on women’s health doesn’t make officials nearly as anxious as it should. According to the National Women’s Law Center’s latest report card on state and national health policy, no state got a “satisfactory” (S) grade on the group’s selected health […]

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