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(Washington, D.C.) Today, the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in King v. Burwell, a case that threatens the financial help the Affordable Care Act (ACA) provides to middle- and low-income individuals for purchasing health insurance. This case, which would eliminate the availability of tax credits in the 37 states that rely on the federal government to operate their health insurance marketplaces, could have a potentially devastating impact on women, especially women of color, according to the National Women’s Law Center.
Nearly seven million women would stand to lose eligibility for tax credits – a key financial support that provides access to health insurance coverage. Approximately half of these women are women of color.
(Washington, D.C.) The Senate Judiciary Committee today approved the nomination of Loretta Lynch to be the Attorney General of the United States, a full 110 days since President Barack Obama announced it. Her nomination will now move to the Senate floor for a full vote.
Lynch, who would be the country’s first African American woman to serve as Attorney General, is exceptionally qualified for the position. She currently serves as the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, a position to which she was unanimously confirmed by the Senate. In addition, she has been a partner in a private law firm and an adjunct law professor. She has held leadership roles in Department of Justice committees and served on the Boards of Directors of numerous non-profit organizations and the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.
LaShonda Davis says, “NWLC took my case all the way to the Supreme Court and won. As a result, other students who are harassed will get the help that I didn’t, and schools will do more to protect students.”
We helped pass landmark health care reform legislation and end insurers’ practices of charging women higher premiums than men, excluding coverage for maternity care and treating domestic violence and Cesarean sections as pre-existing conditions.
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Last Friday, the National Women’s Law Center (NWLC) joined the American Civil Liberties Union, Legal Momentum, and a number of other civil rights advocates as amici curiae on a brief filed with the D.C. Circuit in support of the Department of Labor (DOL) in Home Care Association of America vs. Weil.
When LaDonna Appelbaum became pregnant in 2010, she discovered that her health insurance did not cover maternity care. When she searched for a new policy that would provide these benefits, she was told that she would have to endure a one-year waiting period for pregnancy coverage — and then her premiums would quadruple. The individual health insurance market failed women like LaDonna before the passage of the Affordable Care Act. On Wednesday, March 4, the Supreme Court will hear a case that could bring those failures back.
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