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New Report Reveals Violations of Affordable Care Act’s Breastfeeding Benefits

May 21, 2015

(Washington, DC) A report released today by the National Women’s Law Center (NWLC) exposes at least 20 insurance companies that are violating the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) breastfeeding benefits and identified troubling trends in insurance company compliance that are likely to be systemic nationwide. NWLC found violations that include limiting coverage of breast pump purchases and failing to have lactation counselors in network.  

House Passes Dangerous Abortion Ban

May 13, 2015

(Washington, D.C.) The House today passed H.R. 36, a ban on later abortion that flouts medical evidence and women’s needs.

The following is a statement by Gretchen Borchelt, NWLC Vice President for Health and Reproductive Rights:

Insurers Must Cover All FDA-Approved Birth Control Methods, Administration Says

May 11, 2015

(Washington, D.C.) The Obama Administration today clarified that insurance companies must cover all FDA-approved birth control methods without a co-pay or deductible, as required by the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The communication, in the form of FAQs issued jointly by the Departments of Health and Human Services, Labor, and Treasury, lists all the unique birth control methods that insurance companies must cover at no cost to the woman and underscores that all medical services associated with the methods also must be covered with no co-pays.

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Minority Girls Given Fewer Chances in School Sports, Report Says

April 27, 2015

Heavily minority schools, on average, offer fewer than half as many spots on teams compared with heavily white schools and they give about 60 percent of those spots to boys, says the report, released by the National Women’s Law Center and the Poverty & Race Research Action Council… “People might expect that somewhere like Massachusetts might be a little bett

The Boston Globe

Have We Seen the End of the 8-Hour Day?

April 23, 2015

Liz Watson of the National Women’s Law Center, also in Washington, helped steer a policy response in the form of the Schedules That Work Act, a bill that was introduced last year in the House of Representatives by Congressman George Miller.

The Nation

Walmart Shareholders Will Not Get to Vote on Gender Pay Proposal

April 23, 2015

“Greater pay transparency promotes a more engaged and productive workforce,” said Fatima Goss Graves, vice president of National Women’s Law Center. “Shareholders can and should continue to hold companies accountable for adopting better pay practices which will benefit both working families and the bottom line.”

The Guardian

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