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Tell an Out-of-Touch Senator We Deserve Real Health Care Reform

Posted by Judy Waxman, Vice President for Health and Reproductive Rights | Posted on: July 16, 2009 at 04:30 pm

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

What can the over 17 million uninsured women do to get health care that meets their needs?

The outrageous answer from Senator Chuck Grassley, a leading voice in the health care reform debate in Congress? They should get a job like his.

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Women and the Courts: This Generation and the Next

Posted by Christie Turner, MARGARET Fund Fellow | Posted on: July 16, 2009 at 03:42 pm

by Christie Turner, MARGARET Fund Fellow, 
National Women’s Law Center

This post is part of a series about the nomination of Judge Sotomayor for the Supreme Court.

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The Sotomayor Hearings: Day 4 Begins

Posted by NWLC, Intern | Posted on: July 16, 2009 at 01:35 pm

by Alison Taroli, Intern,
National Women's Law Center

This post is part of a series about the nomination of Judge Sotomayor for the Supreme Court.

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Ricci v. Destefano – The Second Circuit Did Not Have Crystal Ball

Posted by NWLC, Intern | Posted on: July 16, 2009 at 12:32 pm

by Debra Eichenbaum, Legal Intern, 
National Women's Law Center 

This post is part of a series about the nomination of Judge Sotomayor for the Supreme Court.

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Major Steps Forward for Health Care Reform

Posted by Thao Nguyen, Director of Outreach | Posted on: July 15, 2009 at 08:30 pm

by Thao Nguyen, Outreach Manager, 
National Women's Law Center

Today, after nearly a month of mark-up, the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee’s Affordable Health Choices Act cleared an important hurdle – and moved us one step closer to health care reform that meets the needs of women and their families. The Affordable Health Choices Act was voted out of committee 13 to 10. The HELP Committee bill is one of the two bills that the Senate will use to form their health care reform legislation.

This bill reflects years of work, expertise, and careful consideration of options. It is particularly important for women because it makes critical headway it makes towards women’s ability to secure access to quality, affordable health care throughout their lives.

One of the exciting aspects of the bill is that it works towards confronting many of the particular obstacles faced by women in our current health care system, and eliminates many insurance industry practices that are especially harmful to women. The bill takes gender rating head-on, by banning this discriminatory insurance practice where women are charged more than men in the individual insurance market, even with maternity benefits excluded.

The bill would also ban the insurance industry practice of rejecting applicants based on health status or history – a harmful practice that has, for example, prevented survivors of domestic violence and women who have had caesarean sections from getting health coverage.

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