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Be Part of Health Reform History

Posted by Judy Waxman, Vice President for Health and Reproductive Rights | Posted on: July 28, 2009 at 04:15 pm

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

Today is the day we start to make history.

Join tens of thousands of health care advocates telling Congress that health reform can’t wait. Ask your Representative to support the House health care bill (H.R. 3200) today!

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Just Released: Judiciary Committee Approves Sotomayor's Nomination

Posted by | Posted on: July 28, 2009 at 03:23 pm

NWLC Applauds Swift Action, Urges the Senate to Vote before August Recess

The Senate Judiciary Committee voted today to confirm Judge Sonia Sotomayor’s nomination to the Supreme Court. A statement from Marcia D. Greenberger, Co-President of the National Women’s Law Center (NWLC), follows:

“The strong vote in the Senate Judiciary Committee today underscores Judge Sotomayor’s extraordinary qualifications. We applaud the Committee for acting swiftly to bring this outstanding nominee one step closer to making Supreme Court history. 

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President Obama Honors WNBA Team at White House Ceremony

Posted by Kolbe Franklin, Program Associate | Posted on: July 27, 2009 at 08:31 pm

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

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Weekly Round-Up

Posted by NWLC, Intern | Posted on: July 27, 2009 at 05:21 pm

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

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Health Care Reform Is Good for Small Businesses – Especially Women's

Posted by Reggie Oldak, Senior Counsel and Director of Government Relations | Posted on: July 27, 2009 at 03:55 pm

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

My father owned a small business. So I grew up understanding the difficulties and pressures small businesses face: hiring, retention, the high cost of providing benefits, the need for investments in equipment or inventory, for example.

But I don’t understand claims that the America’s Affordable Health Choices Act of 2009 (H.R. 3200), now being considered in the House, will hurt small business. Yes, small businesses have a hard time finding affordable health insurance for their employees. That’s why the bill includes insurance market reforms that will reduce costs for small businesses and a new tax credit for very small businesses to help them offer coverage. So, while the U.S. Chamber of Commerce (predictably) rants against the bill, local Chambers aren’t falling into line.

The U.S. Women’s Chamber of Commerce is taking a very different stance from the U.S. Chamber. Recognizing that women face special challenges in securing affordable health care, it urges Congress to take “swift and strong action” to reform the American health care system to provide “guaranteed, affordable, quality health care without discrimination,” including a “robust government-led public plan to take on the insurance carriers.”

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Mark your Calendars: Call Congress About Health Care Reform

Posted by Judy Waxman, Vice President for Health and Reproductive Rights | Posted on: July 24, 2009 at 07:22 pm

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

We need your help. Reform opponents are working hard to stop women and their families from getting health care reform that meets their needs. From anti-choice messages to opposing fair financing that would pay for health care reform, they are using every method possible. And their calls to Congress are getting through.

But you better believe that we are ready to fight back.

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What Really Hurts Women? Our Current Health Care System

Posted by Lisa Codispoti, Senior Counsel | Posted on: July 24, 2009 at 07:06 pm

by Lisa Codispoti, Senior Counsel, 
National Women's Law Center

This morning ten women members of Congress held a news conference on "how the Democrats' health care legisaltion [sic] will hurt women and affect their day-to-day lives."

The participants were Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA); Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN); Rep. Judy Biggert (R-IL); Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN); Rep. Mary Fallin (R-OK); Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC); Rep. Kay Granger (R-TX); Rep. Lynn Jenkins (R-KS); Rep. Cynthia Lummis (R-WY); Rep. Candice Miller, (R-MI); Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL); and Rep. Jean Schmidt (R-OH).

While NWLC wasn’t invited to attend the press conference, I was interested to get my hands on some of their press statements – after all, NWLC is all about women getting the health care they need. From our perspective, the status quo is untenable: overall, 18 percent of women are uninsured. As we’ve pointed out on this blog many times before, even women who are lucky enough to have health insurance are still more likely than men to have health coverage that has too many gaps, from large deductibles and co-pays to life-time limits, and the exclusion of needed services (like maternity, for example) altogether. Women are also more likely than men to face challenges paying for their medical bills – making them more likely to skip necessary medical care. And then there’s gender rating – the insurance industry practice of charging women more than men for the exact same coverage.

Yet the challenges women deal with every day in our current health care system was most decidedly not the focus of the press conference this morning – at least as evidenced by the press release issued by Rep. Rodgers (R-Wash), available here.

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Take Action - Support Judge Sotomayor's Nomination

Posted by | Posted on: July 23, 2009 at 08:00 pm

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

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