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Reports & Toolkits | New Benefits for Breastfeeding Moms: Facts and Tools to Understand Your Coverage under the Health Care Law

May 8, 2014

This toolkit is designed for women, advocates, community-based organizations and health care providers to provide information on the coverage of breastfeeding support, supplies, and counseling in the health care law and offer tools to use women encounter problems with this coverage. We have also provided detailed instructions on how to call insurance companies and how to file an appeal if the plan denies coverage. The toolkit includes draft appeal letters tailored to commonly encountered scenarios.


Fact Sheet | States Take Action to Stop Bosses’ Religious Beliefs from Trumping Women’s Reproductive Health Care Decisions

October 17, 2014

Across the country, employers are using their religious beliefs to discriminate against their employees because of their employees’ personal reproductive health care decisions. Women are being punished or fired for using birth control, for undergoing in vitro fertilization in order to get pregnant, or for having sex without being married. The Supreme Court’s recent decision permitting some bosses to refuse to provide insurance coverage of birth control to their female employees highlights how a boss’s religious beliefs are trumping an employee’s health and access to the health care they and their families need.

Employers should not be allowed to use their personal religious beliefs to discriminate against employees who typically come from all different faiths. Fortunately, states have begun to step forward to protect employees, introducing legislation to make it clear that bosses cannot obstruct or coerce an employee when that employee makes a personal reproductive health care decision.


Fact Sheet | A Women’s Economic Agenda Must Help Women and Families Succeed

October 1, 2014

Recognizing that when women succeed, their families and the economy prosper, some legislative leaders are taking action to create opportunities for women in the workplace. The National Women’s Law Center applauds these efforts because investment in women’s economic security is vital for women and their families.


Fact Sheet | 2014 State Level Abortion Restrictions at Mid-Year: An Extreme Overreach into Women’s Reproductive Health Care

July 17, 2014

State legislators in 2014 continue to enact laws that restrict access to abortion or ban it outright. So far this year, 13 states have adopted 21 new restrictions that limit access to abortion.  These state restrictions are a dangerous overreach into women’s personal medical decisions.


Legal Briefs & Testimony | NWLC Supreme Court Amicus Brief Supporting the Contraceptive Coverage Benefit

January 28, 2014

The National Women’s Law Center brief, joined by 68 other organizations,  focuses on the rights of the women who would be harmed by for-profit companies refusing to provide coverage of birth control without cost-sharing as guaranteed under the contraception regulations.  It analyzes how the contraception regulations further the government’s compelling interests in women’s health and gender equality.  More specifically, it explains how providing access to the full range of FDA-approved contraceptive methods without cost-sharing reduces the risk of unintended pregnancy, thereby forwarding the health of women and children; promotes equal access to health care for women; and leads to greater social and economic opportunities for women.  The brief emphasizes that the rights and interests of the women covered by the companies’ health plans weigh heavily against the companies’ RFRA claims and that the Supreme Court has never held that religious exercise provides a license to harm others or violate the rights of third parties as the companies seek to in these cases.   


Reports & Toolkits | The Affordable Care Act: Making Insurance Work

August 28, 2013

This report looks at the ways in which the Affordable Care Act improves insurance coverage, ensuring that premium dollars go towards high quality, affordable, and reliable plans. We will also introduce a few of the millions of Americans who will benefit, and in some cases are already benefitting from, these health insurance reforms.


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Fact Sheet | States Take Action to Stop Bosses’ Religious Beliefs from Trumping Women’s Reproductive Health Care Decisions

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| Benefits for Breastfeeding Moms: Understanding Health Coverage of Breastfeeding Support and Supplies

October 08, 2014

Fact Sheet | If You Really Care about Pregnancy Discrimination You Should Care about Reproductive Justice!

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Fact Sheet | If You Really Care about Criminal Justice, You Should Care about Reproductive Justice!

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