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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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Reports & Toolkits | Medicaid at 50: Celebrating Medicaid’s Contributions to Women’s Economic Security

July 21, 2015
For fifty years, Medicaid has provided low-income women with essential health insurance coverage. Medicaid covers a comprehensive range of services – birth control, maternity care, prescription drugs, hospitalization, long-term care, and more – that addresses women’s major health needs throughout their lives. Women of all ages and health circumstances rely on Medicaid to pay for their health care, and a growing body of research has demonstrated how important Medicaid coverage is to enrollees’ access to care, overall health, and mortality rates.
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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.
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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.

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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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More Resources

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

July 21, 2015

Reports & Toolkits | Medicaid at 50: Celebrating Medicaid’s Contributions to Women’s Economic Security

July 21, 2015

| Medicaid for Pregnant Women Remains Critical for Women's Health

May 29, 2015

Fact Sheet | House Fiscal Year 2016 Budget Proposal: Drastic Cuts to Health Programs and the Impact on Women

March 18, 2015

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

October 29, 2014