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NWLC Submits Brief in Archdiocese of St. Louis and Catholic Charities of St. Louis v. Burwell, et al., Supporting the Affordable Care Act’s Contraceptive Coverage Accommodation for Nonprofits

October 29, 2014

(Washington, D.C.) —The National Women’s Law Center (NWLC) today submitted an amicus brief, joined by 19 organizations, to the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals in Archdiocese of St. Louis and Catholic Charities of St. Louis v. Burwell, et al. This case addresses whether the Affordable Care Act (ACA)'s contraceptive coverage accommodation, which allows certain objecting non-profit organizations to refuse coverage in their health insurance plans but ensures women receive the coverage directly from their insurance company, violates the Religious Freedom Restoration Act. The brief opposes the Archdiocese’s challenge and objects to the alternatives proposed by the plaintiffs as failing to satisfy the U.S. government’s compelling interest in furthering women’s health and futures by requiring insurance coverage of contraception at no additional cost.

Child Care Assistance Policies Improve in 33 States, But Still Fall Short in Helping Families, New NWLC Report Finds

October 22, 2014

(Washington, D.C.)—Families in thirty-three states are better off under one or more key child care policies in 2014 than in 2013, but have lost ground in thirteen states, according to a report released today by the National Women’s Law Center (NWLC). The state-by-state report, Turning the Corner: State Child Care Assistance Policies 2014, examines five critical factors that determine the affordability, accessibility and quality of assistance for all fifty states and the District of Columbia.

The report marks the second year in a row in which NWLC found that the situations for families improved under child care policies in more states than it worsened, demonstrating a turnaround from previous years. However, many of these improvements were modest, and too many families still cannot receive the help they need to obtain reliable, high-quality care. For example, only one state pays child care providers who serve families receiving child care assistance at the federally recommended reimbursement rate, and long waiting lists prevent low-income families in many states from getting assistance at all.  

More Than 6.5 Million Seniors Can’t Afford To Meet Basic Needs, Supplemental Poverty Measure Shows

October 16, 2014

(Washington, D.C.)  Data released this morning by the U.S. Census Bureau show that the rate of poverty among Americans 65 and older is dramatically higher—54 percent—under the more comprehensive Supplemental Poverty Measure (SPM) than the Census Bureau’s official poverty measure. Over 6.5 million seniors—more than one in seven—cannot afford to meet their basic needs after paying medical expenses.  The child poverty rate is 19 percent lower under the SPM than under the official poverty measure because the SPM counts income from additional safety net programs—but the child poverty rate is still higher than for any other age group.

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What Happened When a Student Told Her Campus Health Center She Was Sexually Assaulted

August 18, 2014

Neena Chaudhry, senior counsel at the National Women's Law Center, points to the problem here: that the student didn't know that by talking to the doctor about the alleged assault, she had "reported" to the university.

The Huffington Post

Still Exempt From Title IX

August 12, 2014

But now, nearly 35 years after the graduation of the service academies’ first female students, there are many women who need Title IX's protections, said Neena Chaudhry, senior counsel at the National Women's Law Center. “The exemption is built into the statute, but you should have to show that you still need that,” Chaudhry said.

Inside Higher Ed

State Lawmakers Mulling Hobby Lobby Response

August 7, 2014

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