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Medicaid and Medicare are critical sources of public health insurance for many women. Protecting these programs is essential to ensuring the health and well-being of millions of women and their families.

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Fact Sheet | The Ryan Budget’s Catastrophic Health Cuts and their Impact on Women

April 2, 2014

Representative Paul Ryan’s (R-WI) proposed budget for fiscal year 2015 includes devastating cuts to the health care programs women and families rely on. Ryan would repeal the Affordable Care Act, make drastic cuts to Medicaid, and convert Medicare into a limited premium subsidy. These changes would leave millions of women and their families without the financial security of high-quality health insurance, unable to access the health care services they need, and facing dramatic increases in their healthcare costs.

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Mind the Gap: Women in Dire Need of Health Insurance

Reports & Toolkits | Mind the Gap: Women in Dire Need of Health Insurance

January 22, 2014

This report 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. More specifically, this analysis of the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System data from 2012 finds that women in the coverage gap also experience a health care gap. In general, low-income women without health insurance are significantly less likely to access basic health care services on a regular basis and are less likely to use important preventive services than women who have similarly low incomes but who are covered by public or private health insurance.

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Fact Sheet | The President’s FY2014 Budget and Women’s Health

April 24, 2013

On April 10th, the President released his budget proposal for fiscal year 2014. Compared to the recently released House Budget   the President’s budget demonstrates a commitment to preserving women’s access to the health care coverage and services they need. The President’s budget fully funds implementation of the Affordable Care Act and does not make drastic cuts to the Medicaid program. However, it does include cuts to the Medicare program that will increase beneficiaries out of pocket costs and make it harder for older women to afford the care they need.

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Fact Sheet | Strong Public Support Continues for States to Accept Federal Funds to Cover More Uninsured People Through Medicaid

April 9, 2013

A new national survey sponsored by the Georgetown University Center for Children and Families and the National Women’s Law Center shows strong support among adults 18 and older for their states to accept federal dollars that have been allocated to cover more uninsured people through Medicaid.  The survey, conducted March 15-19, 2013 among 1,016 adults 18 and older, has a margin of error of + 4 percentage points.

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More Resources

Fact Sheet | Health Coverage is a Critical Component of Women’s Economic Security

June 19, 2014

Fact Sheet | The Ryan Budget’s Catastrophic Health Cuts and their Impact on Women

April 02, 2014

Fact Sheet | President’s FY2015 Budget and Women’s Health

March 07, 2014

Fact Sheet | The Patient CARE Act Discriminates Against Women

February 04, 2014

Reports & Toolkits | Mind the Gap: Women in Dire Need of Health Insurance

January 22, 2014