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5 Major Changes for Women’s Health Coverage in 2014

Posted by Stephanie Glover, Health Policy Fellow | Posted on: December 22, 2014 at 05:01 pm

In the past year, we saw significant changes for women’s access to health coverage. In the first year of the full implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), millions of Americans newly enrolled in affordable, comprehensive health insurance. Women make up more than 50 percent of enrollees on the new health insurance Marketplaces, which is no surprise given that the ACA protects women from discriminatory health insurance practices, makes health coverage more affordable and easier to obtain, and improves access to many of the health services women need.

Here are just a few of the major changes for women’s health insurance coverage this year:

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Guidance from the Departments of Ed & Justice Will Enforce Education Rights of Girls in the Juvenile Justice System

Posted by Adaku Onyeka-Crawford, Fellow | Posted on: December 19, 2014 at 04:01 pm

Last week, the Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) and the Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division (DOJ) released a joint guidance letter reminding juvenile justice residential facilities of their obligations under Title IX [PDF] and other civil rights laws to provide equal access to quality educational opportunities for confined youth.

The guidance makes it clear that under Title IX, all facilities that receive federal funds must offer equal educational opportunities without regard to sex. That means youth detention centers must make sure girls have equal access to career and technical programs and that facilities cannot rely on gender stereotypes when determining what opportunities to make available (e.g., automotive repair classes only for boys and cosmetology only for girls). The guidance also says that under Title IX, facilities must protect committed youth from sexual harassment and violence regardless of their sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or conformity with sex stereotypes.

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Year In Review: Highlights from 2014

Posted by National Women's Law Center, | Posted on: December 19, 2014 at 11:02 am

From a shout-out in the State of the Union to a record number of women on the federal bench, a lot has happened for women and families in 2014. Our experts have been hard at work wrapping up the year in review, taking a close look at how women fared. Check out our teams' wrap-ups — and don't forget to check back, as more posts are in the works! 

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Why Women Should Care About the National Defense Authorization Act of 2015

Posted by | Posted on: December 18, 2014 at 02:01 pm

Congress recently recessed for the rest of the year. One of the bills it passed was the National Defense Authorization Act of Fiscal Year 2015. The bill included many provisions important to women in the military:

Coverage of Breastfeeding Supplies and Education

The NDAA for FY 2015 requires the TRICARE program to cover breastfeeding supplies and education for military women and women in military families. This legislation represents a huge win for military families and ensures that they have breastfeeding coverage that is similar to the coverage provided in most private health plans.

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The Minimum Wage Is on Its Way Up: 2014 Milestones

Posted by Agata Pelka, Fellow | Posted on: December 18, 2014 at 12:18 pm

Efforts to raise the minimum wage continued to gain steam in 2014, as 14 states and the District of Columbia approved increases (legislatively or through ballot initiatives). Here are a few more highlights of an important year:

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Ten Key Research Findings on Women & Families in 2014

Posted by Katherine Gallagher Robbins, Director of Research and Policy Analysis | Posted on: December 17, 2014 at 02:43 pm

We’ve done a lot of research in 2014 on women and families.  Here are ten striking findings from the past year:

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2014 in Review: Judicial Nominations

Posted by Marcia D. Greenberger, Co-President | Posted on: December 17, 2014 at 02:25 pm

Now that the Senate has adjourned for the year, it’s a good time to consider the important accomplishments, in terms of judicial nominations, that took place in 2014. 

Diversity on the federal bench increased significantly. As of June 2014, the total number of confirmed female federal judges nominated by President Obama has exceeded that of any other President.  And a total of 36 female federal judges was confirmed this year under the leadership of Senate Majority Leader Reid.  These appointments are changing the face of the federal judiciary:  with the confirmation of eight female Court of Appeals judges this year, the percentage of active women judges on the federal appellate courts has almost reached 35 percent.  The percentage of active female district court judges held steady at around 32 percent, and the percentage of female Justices on the Supreme Court remains at a record 33 percent. 

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No Matter How Much They "Hustle," American Women's Pay Isn't Catching Up

Posted by Katie Hegarty, Online Outreach Assistant | Posted on: December 17, 2014 at 12:28 pm

The recent hacking of thousands of Sony emails revealed that Amy Adams and Jennifer Lawrence, two stars of last year’s blockbuster hit American Hustle, were paid millions of dollars less than co-stars Bradley Cooper, Jeremy Renner, and Christian Bale. The latter actors are perfectly fine (I mean, two are superheroes!), but why did those first two stars of Hustle make so much less than the other three? Here’s my educated guess: Adams and Lawrence are women, and Cooper, Renner, and Bale…aren’t.

This story isn’t getting press because the wage gap is surprising. The Equal Pay Act was passed over 50 years ago, but we still don’t actually have equal pay yet. Women working full-time, year-round typically make 78 cents to every dollar made by men — it’s worse for most women of color, and complicated for transgender women as well. This story may have had bigger disparities to report if Hustle had starred Michelle Rodriguez and Laverne Cox instead.

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