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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.

Unemployment Rates for Black Women and Men Decline But Remain Disturbingly High, NWLC Analysis Shows

May 8, 2015

(Washington, D.C.)  Overall job growth was strong but unemployment rates for Black women and men remained high and women gained just 30 percent of all jobs added, according to new analysis by the National Women’s Law Center (NWLC) of data released this morning by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. 

“The economy bounced back last month, but shared prosperity is still a long way off,” said Joan Entmacher, NWLC’s Vice President for Family Economic Security. “Black women’s unemployment rate declined after several months of increases but stands at a troubling 8.8 percent—above the peak rate for women overall during the recession. Black men’s unemployment rate finally made it out of double digits and is 9.2 percent. Of the 223,000 jobs added last month, only 30 percent went to women. Lawmakers need to take steps to expand opportunities for all.”

House Signals Willingness to Allow Use of Religion to Discriminate

April 30, 2015

(Washington, D.C.) The House of Representatives tonight passed H.J. Res. 43, a resolution that disapproves the Reproductive Health Non-Discrimination Amendment Act of 2014 (RHNDA), a Washington, D.C.-approved law that prohibits D.C. employers from penalizing employees based on the employees’ reproductive health decisions, such as using birth control or in-vitro fertilization services, or getting pregnant outside of marriage.

Raising The Minimum Wage Will Help Millions of Women Support Their Families, NWLC Says

April 30, 2015

(Washington, D.C.)  Today, Senator Patty Murray and Rep. Robert C. Scott introduced the Raise the Wage Act, which would increase the federal minimum wage to $12 per hour by 2020, index the minimum wage to keep pace with increases in the median wage, and gradually eliminate the separate minimum cash wage for tipped workers.    

New Reports Call Out Insurance Companies for Violating Affordable Care Act’s Women’s Health Requirements

April 29, 2015

(Washington, DC) A report released today by the National Women’s Law Center (NWLC) exposes insurance company violations of the Affordable Care Act in all 15 states reviewed by NWLC and are likely to exist nationwide. The report details violations related to maternity care, birth control, breast-feeding support and supplies, genetic testing, well-woman visits, prescription drug coverage, care related to gender transition for transgender individuals, chronic pain treatment, and certain pre-existing conditions. The report also highlights examples of discriminatory practices, such as denying maternity coverage to daughters of subscribers. In a companion report, NWLC found that insurance plans across the country are violating the ACA’s birth control coverage requirements.

National Women’s Law Center Applauds Senate Confirmation of Loretta Lynch as U.S. Attorney General

April 23, 2015

(Washington, D.C.)  Today, the National Women’s Law Center (NWLC) applauds the U.S. Senate’s confirmation of Loretta Lynch to be the Attorney General of the United States. She is the first African American woman to serve as the nation’s foremost law enforcement officer.

Despite Senate Compromise, Women Who Have Been Trafficked Still Won’t Receive Comprehensive Health Services

April 21, 2015

(Washington, DC) Today’s Senate compromise on the anti-trafficking bill still imposes harmful restrictions on trafficking survivors’ access to critical health services, according to the National Women’s Law Center. Thanks to the efforts of several Senate champions of women’s health, the bill will no longer extend Hyde-like restrictions to non-taxpayer dollars, or to new programs—an improvement upon the original bill. However, abortion restrictions will still be applied to funding for health services.

Girls of Color Are Not Getting Equal Chances to Play School Sports, NWLC Report Shows

April 21, 2015

(Washington, D.C.)  Girls of color are finishing last when it comes to the opportunity to play sports in high school, according to a new report released today by the National Women’s Law Center (NWLC) and the Poverty & Race Research Action Council (PRRAC).  Finishing Last: Girls of Color and School Sports Opportunities shows that at both the state and national level heavily minority schools typically provide fewer sports opportunities—defined as spots on teams—compared to heavily white schools.  Heavily minority schools also allocate these spots less equally between boys and girls, leaving girls of color especially shortchanged.  This means that girls of color receive far fewer spots on teams than white girls, white boys and boys of color.  The report shows how this lack of access to school sports has long-term consequences for girls’ health, academic success and economic security.