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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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Navy Intends to Allow Women on Submarines

Posted by | Posted on: September 25, 2009 at 05:47 pm

Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus and Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Gary Roughead issued comments on Thursday confirming their intention to allow women to serve on board submarines.

The following is a statement by Nancy Duff Campbell, Co-President of the National Women’s Law Center:

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Remind Congress We Need Health Reform That Meets the Needs of Women

Posted by Judy Waxman, Vice President for Health and Reproductive Rights | Posted on: September 24, 2009 at 02:09 pm

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

Thank you to the thousands of you who wrote to Michelle Obama. As mentioned in the First Lady’s speech, and as we’ve told you throughout this fight, women’s voices are crucial in achieving affordable, accessible, and comprehensive health care for all Americans. 

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COBRA Coverage Costs What?!?

Posted by Robin Reed, Director of Online Communications | Posted on: September 23, 2009 at 03:28 pm

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

Last night, I went to a goodbye party for a friend who’s changing jobs. Amidst the nostalgic recollections and toasts to her future, we got to talking about some of the logistical problems that come with a change like this. Chiefly, health insurance.

Even though my friend is going straight from one job to the next, due to the various schedules of her old and new workplaces, her previous health insurance will cut off a month before her new insurance kicks in.

She has asthma, so trying to buy a month’s worth of health insurance on the individual market isn’t an option. Of course, having asthma is part of the reason she needs health insurance in the first place, but try explaining that to the individual insurance market overlords. (And then try not to take it personally when they laugh in your face.)

So she told us she’s using a month of COBRA coverage, which extends your employer-provided health insurance after you leave a job. Then she told us it was costing her $500.

My jaw dropped.

Now, I suspect everyone else but me already knew this, but here’s what I learned last night. I’m still blown away:

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The First Lady's Call to Action

Posted by Lisa Codispoti, Senior Counsel | Posted on: September 23, 2009 at 01:43 pm

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

If we want to achieve true equality for women … we have to reform the system. The status quo is unacceptable. It is holding women and families back, and we know it.” -- First Lady Michelle Obama

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