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| NWLC Letter in Support of the Leahy Substitute

March 16, 2015

The National Women’s Law Center in supports the Leahy Comprehensive Substitute Amendment to the Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act (S. 178).  Please see below for the full PDF'd letter demonstrating our support.


Infographics and Internet Memes | Women at Risk of Losing Affordable Health Insurance

June 25, 2015

King v. Burwell is a Supreme Court case that challenges the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The case focuses on the financial help, in the form of tax credits, provided to low and moderate-income individuals and their families — the majority of whom are women — to make monthly health insurance premiums more affordable.

UPDATE:  In a 6 – 3 decision, the Court ruled in King v. Burwell that the law allows the federal government to provide tax credits to offset the cost of insurance purchased from the federally-facilitated health insurance Marketplaces—a core aspect of the ACA.


Legal Briefs & Testimony | King v. Burwell Amicus Brief

January 28, 2015

The National Women’s Law Center and law firm Hogan Lovells submitted an amicusbrief on behalf of 68 organizations in the Supreme Court case, King v. Burwell, brought by plaintiffs challenging a core provision of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The Court will consider whether the ACA allows the federal government to provide subsidies to individuals and families who buy insurance from the federally-facilitated health insurance Marketplaces, also known as Exchanges. The brief argues that a ruling for the challengers in King would thwart one of the main objectives of the law: to make health insurance more affordable and thus attainable for millions of Americans. 


Fact Sheet | The Hyde Amendment Creates an Unacceptable Barrier To Women Getting Abortions

July 21, 2015
The federal laws that withhold insurance coverage of abortion from qualified women threaten women’s health and well-being. These restrictions, commonly known as “the Hyde Amendment,” particularly harm low-income women and women of color. These restrictions must be overturned so that a woman has the insurance coverage she needs to make a real decision about whether or not to end a pregnancy.

Fact Sheet, Reports & Toolkits | A Women’s Economic Agenda Must Help Women and Families Succeed

May 12, 2015

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.


Reports & Toolkits | States Must Close the Gap: Low-Income Women Need Health Insurance

October 29, 2014

Over three million low-income women in the United States fall into a coverage gap and are uninsured, regardless of the fact that they are eligible for coverage under the Affordable Care Act (ACA).This gap is the direct result of 22 states’ failure to use federal money already set aside to expand health care coverage through Medicaid.

This report is an update of Mind the Gap: Women in Dire Need of Health Insurance, and demonstrates the risk the coverage gap poses to low-income women’s health by examining the dramatic differences in health care access and preventive services utilization between low-income women who will be stuck in this coverage gap—unless their state changes course—versus those who have access to coverage. This analysis finds that women in the coverage gap also experience a health care gap.


More Resources

Webinars & Presentations | If You Really Care About Reproductive Justice, You Should Care About Transgender Rights!

October 08, 2015

Coalition Action Materials | Coalition Letter Opposing S. 1553

September 17, 2015

Fact Sheet | S. 1553, A Nationwide Abortion Ban, Would Allow Politicians, Not Women and their Health Care Providers, to Make Personal Medical Decisions

September 14, 2015

| Nondiscrimination Protection in the Affordable Care Act: Section 1557

September 03, 2015

Fact Sheet | Pharmacy Refusals 101

August 04, 2015