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New Resources on Women's Poverty and Health Insurance

Posted by Joan Entmacher, Vice President for Family Economic Security | Posted on: September 30, 2009 at 09:50 pm

by Joan Entmacher, Vice President for Family Economic Security, 
and Judy Waxman, Vice President for Health and Reproductive Rights, 
National Women's Law Center 

More than one in eight women and nearly one in five children lived in poverty in the United States in 2008 — and their poverty rates were higher than men's in every state.

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More Backward Than Forward on Child Care

Posted by Karen Schulman, Senior Policy Analyst | Posted on: September 29, 2009 at 12:34 pm

by Karen Schulman, Senior Policy Analyst,
and Helen Blank, Director of Leadership and Public Policy, 
National Women's Law Center  

A new study by the National Women’s Law Center of policies in the 50 states and the District of Columbia reveals that between February of 2008 and February of 2009 more states made cuts than made improvements in their child care assistance programs. This is troubling news for the many low-income families who need help affording reliable child care that allows parents to work and gives children opportunities to learn — particularly since it follows years of stagnation in child care assistance policies and funding.

The study examines four key policy areas — income eligibility limits for child care assistance, waiting lists for assistance, reimbursement rates for child care providers serving families receiving assistance, and copayments required of parents receiving assistance. A majority of states did not make changes in these areas between February 2008 and February 2009. However, of those states that did make changes, more moved backward than forward.

In 2009, a family with an income above 200 percent of poverty ($36,620 a year for a family of three in 2009) could not qualify for assistance in over three-quarters of the states — even though a family at this income level could barely afford to meet its basic needs in the majority of communities across the country.

In many states, families cannot always receive help even if they meet the eligibility criteria. In 2009, nineteen states had waiting lists for child care assistance or turned families away without even adding their names to the waiting list.

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Being All You Can Be: Good News for Women in the Military

Posted by Melanie Ross Levin, Director of Outreach | Posted on: September 28, 2009 at 09:01 pm

By Melanie Ross Levin, Outreach Manager, 
and Holly Hemphill, Senior Counsel, 
National Women's Law Center 

Both the Army and the Navy made the news last week with positive developments not only for women in the military but also for all people who care about quality - and equality - in our armed forces.

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Weekly Round-Up

Posted by | Posted on: September 28, 2009 at 06:40 pm

by Robin Reed, Online Outreach Manager, 
National Women's Law Center 

CNN explored the growing number of homeless female veterans living in the United States, along with the difficulties faced by many.

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Senator Kyl: 'I don't need maternity care,' so why should insurers have to cover it?

Posted by Judy Waxman, Vice President for Health and Reproductive Rights | Posted on: September 25, 2009 at 05:59 pm

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

Last I heard, getting pregnant takes two.  

This morning, in the Senate Finance Committee’s mark-up of the America’s Healthy Future Act, Senator Kyl (R-AZ) introduced an amendment to strip the bill of any requirements that health insurance contain the benefits that people need.  

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