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History in the Making

Posted by | Posted on: August 04, 2009 at 06:57 pm

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

Cross-posted from Huffington Post.

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Women Small Business Owners Really Need Healthcare Reform

Posted by Nancy Duff Campbell, Co-President | Posted on: August 04, 2009 at 04:54 pm

by Nancy Duff Campbell, Co-President, 
National Women’s Law Center

Cross-posted from Reuters.

Insurance companies and others who profit from our broken health care system are mobilizing to defeat comprehensive reform by using misinformation and scare tactics. A prime example is the allegation that healthcare legislation – specifically the plan being considered by the House of Representatives – will hurt small businesses.

The fact is that small business owners, especially women, are already hurting under our current healthcare system. Leah Daniels, 29, is the owner of Hill’s Kitchen – a gourmet kitchenware store that opened last May not far from the U.S. Capitol. Daniels can’t afford to offer health insurance to her three employees. She purchased her own bare-bones plan on the individual market for protection “in case I get hit by a car,” but not much else. It costs her just under $200 a month and doesn’t cover such services as routine doctor’s visits or maternity care. Daniels, who often works 7 days a week, says that she is constantly worried about getting sick.

Daniels’ problems are, unfortunately, all too typical. A new report by the Council of Economic Advisers (CEA) found that small businesses pay up to 18 percent more than large firms for the same health insurance policy. These higher costs mean that small businesses are considerably less likely than larger businesses to provide health insurance to their employees, and those that do tend to have less comprehensive plans. And Census data show that women-owned businesses are generally smaller than male-owned businesses.

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Fear Factor: the Health Reform Edition

Posted by Jill C. Morrison, Senior Counsel | Posted on: August 04, 2009 at 01:04 pm

by Jill Morrison, Senior Counsel, 
National Women's Law Center 

So it seems that there’s a pretty nasty rumor going around about end-of-life care in health reform.  The gist of it is “health care reform will force old, sick people to agree to refuse any health care, and just die.” 

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Weekly Round-Up

Posted by | Posted on: August 03, 2009 at 04:07 pm

by Robin Reed, Online Outreach Manager, 
and Mary Robbins, Program Associate, 
National Women's Law Center

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Billie Jean King to Receive Medal of Honor

Posted by Melanie Ross Levin, Director of Outreach | Posted on: August 03, 2009 at 12:30 pm

by Melanie Ross Levin, Outreach Manager, 
National Women's Law Center 

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If 450,000 Doctors Don't Know What is Best for me and My Family I'm Not Sure Who Does

Posted by NWLC, Intern | Posted on: July 31, 2009 at 08:24 pm

by Katie Carroll, Communications Intern, 
National Women's Law Center 

With 450,000 stepping up to support health care reform now, the American Academy of Family Physicians and the Herndon Alliance are asking, well, how can they be wrong?

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DC Council Takes Steps to Protect Poor Families

Posted by NWLC, Intern | Posted on: July 31, 2009 at 06:40 pm

by Amy Rosenthal, Outreach Intern, 
National Women's Law Center 

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Wishing My Health Policy Work Weren't So Terribly Relevant

Posted by Julia Kaye, Former Health Policy Associate | Posted on: July 31, 2009 at 03:07 pm

by Julia Kaye, Health Policy Analyst, 
National Women's Law Center 

Last night, I was sitting in my dining room chatting with a friend about an obscure philosophical text he’d read for his Master’s program.  My roommate, who’d been busy cooking us (a delicious) dinner in the kitchen, ran in – oven mitts on – unable to contain himself any longer.  It seems he’d written his undergraduate thesis on this very concept and had had few opportunities to discuss it in the decade since.

I envied his excitement.  I’m becoming increasingly familiar with the experience of having one’s professional/academic life become profoundly relevant to the topic at hand while at a social gathering.  Indeed, I find myself putting on my health policy hat more and more often.  It’s not a good thing. 

Last Friday, a friend confided in me that her boyfriend badly needed to go to the doctor and dentist for a check-up—it had been years, and he had some health concerns—but could only afford a plan with a terribly high deductible, and didn’t have the cash to pay for the visits.  A few weeks earlier, in another, “You-do-realize-that-this-is-what-I-do-for-a-living, right?-yes-of-course-I’m-interested” moment, I learned over dinner and drinks that another friend of mine was uninsured.  She works as a waitress and doesn’t have benefits.  Unsurprisingly, she can’t find anything affordable in the individual health insurance market, so she tries to stay healthy and hopes for the best—and has her cousins bring her birth control whenever they come visit from Spain, where you don’t need a prescription.

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