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Take Action: Support the Early Learning Challenge Fund

Posted by Helen Blank, Director of Child Care and Early Learning | Posted on: August 11, 2009 at 04:16 pm

by Helen Blank, Director of Leadership and Public Policy, 
National Women’s Law Center 

Parents and advocates know that getting kids ready for college starts with early learning. That's why the Early Learning Challenge Fund is such a key component of the higher education legislation — the Student Aid and Fiscal Responsibility Act that the House will soon consider.

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NWLC and MALDEF to Release Report on Latina Dropout Crisis

Posted by Kolbe Franklin, Program Associate | Posted on: August 11, 2009 at 01:00 pm

by Kolbe Franklin, Program Associate, 
National Women’s Law Center 

Forty-one percent of Latinas do not graduate from high school on time with a standard diploma and 53 percent become pregnant before age 20.

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Weekly Round-Up

Posted by NWLC, Intern | Posted on: August 10, 2009 at 08:47 pm

by Catherine Kruse, Outreach Intern, 
National Women’s Law Center 

Michelle Snyder at Moms Rising discussed why health care reform is especially crucial for children, and reflected on her own personal experiences.

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Thank Your Senator(s) for Confirming Judge Sotomayor

Posted by | Posted on: August 10, 2009 at 08:20 pm

by Marcia D. Greenberger, Co-President, 
National Women's Law Center

If your Senator(s) voted yes, please take a moment to thank him/her for voting to confirm Judge Sonia Sotomayor to the U.S. Supreme Court.

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Justice Sotomayor Sworn in on Saturday

Posted by Amy K. Matsui, Senior Counsel and Director of Women and the Courts | Posted on: August 10, 2009 at 02:55 pm

by Amy Matsui, Senior Counsel,
National Women's Law Center 

On Saturday, Justice Sonia Sotomayor was sworn in as the 111th Supreme Court Justice by Chief Justice John Roberts, at the Supreme Court.  She thus officially becomes the third woman, first Latina, and first woman of color to sit on the nation’s highest court.  She will hear her first argument as a Supreme Court Justice on September 9, in the case of Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission.

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Young, Uninsured, and Ready for Reform

Posted by Brigette Courtot, Senior Health Policy Analyst | Posted on: August 10, 2009 at 01:45 pm

by Brigette Courtot, Policy Analyst, 
National Women’s Law Center 

This post is part of a series on Women and Health Reform.

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Overall, Employment News Is Less Bad – But Not for Women Who Head Families and the Long-Term Unemployed

Posted by Valerie Norton, Public Policy Fellow | Posted on: August 07, 2009 at 06:58 pm

by Valerie Norton, Public Policy Fellow,
and Joan Entmacher, Vice President for Family Economic Security 
National Women's Law Center 

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Nowhere to Turn: Turning 61 Without Insurance

Posted by Golda Philip, Health Fellow | Posted on: August 07, 2009 at 06:00 pm

by Golda Philip, Health Fellow, 
National Women's Law Center 

My mom turns 61 this October without health insurance.  She has been uninsured for the past 2 years.  A combination of personal and medical reasons forced her into early retirement.  The below is a look into her journey to find health insurance coverage—a journey that led to her a disturbing realization: our current health care system doesn’t provide her with any affordable options for comprehensive, quality, affordable health insurance coverage.

Medicare, Medicaid.  Being 61, my mom has 4 years to go until she qualifies for Medicare.  Medicaid, the joint federal-state program that provides health insurance coverage to certain categories of low-income individuals, also isn’t an option.  To qualify for California’s version of Medicaid (called Medi-Cal), you need to meet both income eligibility standards AND what’s called “categorical eligibility.”  This means to qualify for the program, my mom would have to fit into one of the following categories:  65 or older, blind, disabled, under 21, pregnant, a recipient of various forms of state assistance, living in a skilled nursing home, a refugee, or a parent of a qualifying child under 21.  My mom doesn’t fit into any of these categories. 

Individual health insurance market.  We here at the National Women’s Law Center have talked a lot about the individual health insurance market.  My mom tried her luck with this option as well, and after searching and searching, she found an insurance company that would cover her.  For almost half a year, she paid almost $400 a month for her premium.  She soon got a letter in the mail from her insurer, informing her that her coverage was being rescinded because she had a pre-existing condition.  My mom has diabetes, but with regular exercise and diet, she has for years been able to control the condition with only minimal medication.  The insurers didn’t seem concerned, however, when my mom’s doctor wrote them telling them as much. As long as she had diabetes, they wouldn’t cover her.

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