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.
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.
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 plaintiffschallenging 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.
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.
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.
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.
A companion to our Webinar Wednesday series, co-sponsored with Law Students for Reproductive Justice, this fact sheet discusses the intersection between transgender rights and reproductive justice. Reproductive Justice demands that all people have the economic, social, and political power to make healthy decisions about their bodies, sexuality, and reproduction. Basic human needs, such as access to quality health care, economic security, and the ability to live free from violence are essential to reproductive justice. But these needs are not a reality for many transgender individuals who face countless socioeconomic barriers and systematic oppression.
S. 1553 would impose a nationwide abortion ban at twenty weeks. The attached letter, signed by 89 organizations, reflects the organizations' strong opposition to S. 1553 because it is a dangerous limitation on abortion which puts women's health and rights at risk.
S. 1553 would impose a nationwide ban on abortions after twenty weeks. This bill cruelly ignores a woman’s individual circumstances, threatens her health, and takes an extremely personal medical decision away from a woman and her health care provider. Politicians are not medical experts. They should stay out of the exam room and stop meddling in women’s health.
Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act prohibits discrimination in health care programs on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, sex stereotypes, gender identity, age, or disability. This is the first time that federal law has prohibited sex discrimination in health care. Health insurers, hospitals, the health insurance exchanges, and any other entities that receive federal funds are covered by this law. It became effective upon passage of the ACA. Section 1557 gives the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office for Civil Rights the authority and obligation to investigate potential violations of the law and enforce this new civil rights guarantee.
Refusals to fill prescriptions for contraception and to provide emergency contraception (EC) over-the-counter are an increasing problem across the country. Refusals to provide contraception constitute a serious erosion of reproductive rights and impede women's access to critical health care. This fact sheet provides the context around this growing problem.