How Doula Care Could Save Medicaid Millions

A new report released Tuesday reveals the immense benefits of doula care for women and babies—and the economy. Making the case for private insurance and Medicaid coverage for doula care, the report‘s authors argue that the use of a doula reduces the likelihood of interventions, such as cesarean sections, which could save Medicaid at least $646 million per year, […]

Abortion Law: Roe Was Right, But McRae Was Wrong

Today marks the anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court opinion that recognized the fundamental right to abortion, and with it comes the yearly celebrations and critiques. For decades, critics of Roe have claimed that the case was a travesty of justice and wrongly decided—that the opinion prompted such fierce backlash that abortion remains, […]

NEWSFLASH: Bureaucracy Shows Its Baby Bump

Dependence on government assistance is the norm for most couples who unintentionally become pregnant. A recent study from the Guttmacher Institute shows two-thirds of them turn to public insurance programs such as Medicaid, nearly twice the rate of people who intended to have kids. State and federal governments spent $12.5 billion dollars in 2008 to […]

Lame Duck Congress Might Try to Water Down Medicare

With a lame duck Congress now in session, Medicare–the old age public health program upon which women disproportionately depend–is expected to be in the cross-hairs. “Medicare will be front and center in the debate,” predicted Susan Carroll, senior scholar at the Center for American Women and Politics at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey […]

Indiana Can’t Withold Medicaid Funding from Planned Parenthood

As of Tuesday, the state of Indiana cannot cut Medicaid funding from the the local Planned Parenthood affiliate. The Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a June 2011 injunction which blocked a law intended to restrict Planned Parenthood of Indiana from accessing the state’s Medicaid program. The law, initiated by Governor Mitch Daniels, was intended […]

What an Increasingly Older Population Means for Women

Within the next 10 years, the number of people over age 60 will surpass one billion, as the world’s population reaches between seven and eight billion. By 2050, the world’s 80-and-older population will nearly triple. The United States currently has the third highest number of older people (ages 60 and up), but many developing countries […]

Circuit Court Messes with Texas Women

Late on Tuesday, a federal appeals court lifted an injunction that blocked a new Texas law from barring federal Medicaid funds to Planned Parenthood and other abortion provider-affiliated clinics around the state. It’s the latest in a string of affronts to women’s health in the Lone Star State, where the lives of Texan women have […]

BREAKING: Supreme Court Upholds Affordable Care Act

After months of anticipation, the Supreme Court ruled on President Obama’s Affordable Care Act this morning, upholding the entire 2,000-page bill—even the controversial individual mandate. The individual mandate—which has sparked much opposition in the last two years since the president’s health care overhaul—was ruled constitutional because the Court read it as a “tax.” According to […]