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Posted by Andrea Maruniak, Media Manager | Posted on: December 14, 2009 at 10:34 pm

by Andrea Maruniak, Program Assistant, 
National Women's Law Center 

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The Medicare Buy-In Option: What We Would Like to See

Posted by Kelli Garcia, Senior Counsel | Posted on: December 14, 2009 at 08:04 pm

by Kelli Garcia, Fellow,
National Women's Law Center

Although NWLC strongly supports a real public option, the alternatives under consideration by the Senate nevertheless require scrutiny. One such alternative, the Medicare buy-in for Americans between the ages of 55 and 64, has important implications for women, who currently comprise 51% of the uninsured in that age group. Under the proposal, people aged 55 to 64 would have the option of purchasing health insurance coverage through the Medicare program. 

Although the specific details of the program are currently unknown, it is likely that until the proposed health insurance exchanges are in place, the coverage would be available for purchase without subsidies, but once the exchanges are active, federal subsides could be used to purchase the coverage through the exchanges. The Medicare buy-in could address some of the barriers to health care access that currently plague older uninsured adults, who are more likely than younger uninsured adults to be in poor health and have a one-in-five chance of having two or more chronic conditions.

Women in particular could benefit from the increased access to health care. Even among the insured, women are more likely than men to report having difficulty obtaining needed health care because of cost. In contrast, compared to those with employer-sponsored insurance coverage, Medicare beneficiaries report that they have easier access to physicians, have fewer billing problems and are more likely to get needed tests and medications without facing costs or access problems. In fact, they are generally more satisfied with their insurance coverage than those with employer sponsored plans.

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Rosie the Riveter High School Breaks Down Barriers for Women in Non-Traditional Careers

Posted by Kolbe Franklin, Program Associate | Posted on: December 10, 2009 at 03:37 pm

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

Rosie the Riveter took the country by storm as the symbol for women in non-traditional careers during World War II. Over 60 years later, her legacy is influencing an entirely new generation of men and women.

Enter Rosie the Riveter High School.

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How Did Your Senators Do on the Anti-Choice Amendment Vote?

Posted by Judy Waxman, Vice President for Health and Reproductive Rights | Posted on: December 09, 2009 at 07:56 pm

by Judy Waxman, Vice President for Health and Reproductive Rights, 
National Women's Law Center 

Your voice was heard.

Because you spoke out, yesterday Senators voted 54 to 45 to reject an anti-choice amendment to the Senate health care reform bill that would take away abortion coverage women currently have.

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Perhaps My Favorite Senate Amendment So Far

Posted by Julia Kaye, Former Health Policy Associate | Posted on: December 09, 2009 at 03:54 pm

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

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It’s Time to Stop Helping Wealthy Tax Evaders

Posted by Reggie Oldak, Senior Counsel and Director of Government Relations | Posted on: December 09, 2009 at 02:09 pm

by Reggie Oldak, Senior Counsel,
National Women's Law Center

The House could do the right thing today.

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