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Contraceptive Coverage in the Health Care Law: Frequently Asked Questions

August 20, 2014

The health care law makes preventive care more accessible and affordable to millions of Americans. This is especially important to women, who are more likely than men to avoid needed health care, including preventive care, because of cost. To help address these cost barriers and make sure all women have access to preventive health care, one section of the health care law requires all new and non-grandfathered private insurance plans to cover a wide range of preventive services, including services such as mammograms, pap smears, smoking prevention and contraceptives without co-payments or other cost sharing requirements.

Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. and Conestoga Wood Specialties v. Burwell: The Supreme Court Allows Some Closely-Held Corporations to Use Religion to Undermine Women’s Health and Equality

August 05, 2014

The Supreme Court’s deeply divided 5-4 decision in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. and Conestoga Wood Specialties v. Burwell  dealt a blow to women’s health and equality.  In these two cases, for-profit companies challenged the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) guarantee that women receive insurance coverage of birth control in their employee health plan. Justice Alito’s opinion for the majority allowed certain closely-held for-profit corporations to get out of complying with the birth control requirement, leaving the women who work for these companies without a critical benefit in the health insurance they earned through their work and paid for through their premiums. As Justice Ginsburg’s dissent makes clear, the decision not only hurts the women who work for these companies, but also has alarming implications beyond birth control.

State Early Care and Education Updates 2014

August 01, 2014

This fact sheet highlighs some of the key developments in state early care and education policies from the past year.

Women and the Minimum Wage, State by State Chart

August 01, 2014

The minimum wage is falling short for millions of Americans — especially for women, who represent nearly two-thirds of minimum wage workers across the country, and at least half of minimum wage workers in every state. Use this chart to see how the states compare.

Obamacare & Taxes: How Life Changes Can Impact Your Premium Tax Credit (Marriage & Divorce)

July 31, 2014

This fact sheet provides tips for filing your Premium Tax Credit if your marital status has changed in the last year.

Reproductive Health Is Part of the Economic Health of Women and Their Families

July 31, 2014

The economic security of women and families is directly tied to a woman’s access to reproductive health care.  As the United States Supreme Court has said, “The ability of women to participate equally in the economic and social life of the Nation has been facilitated by their ability to control their reproductive lives.”   The ability to decide when and whether to become a parent due to access to reproductive health care has led to a dramatic increase both in women’s participation in the workforce and families’ reliance on women’s earnings.  Yet, accessing reproductive health care can be costly for women, if available at all, because of ever-increasing government-imposed barriers threaten their health and economic well-being. It is imperative to strike down these barriers and ensure every woman has access to safe and affordable reproductive health services – women’s economic security could depend on it.

The Vacancy Crisis in the Federal Judiciary: What's at Stake for Women

July 31, 2014

There are currently 57 vacancies on the federal district and appellate courts, a ten percent vacancy rate. This alarmingly high vacancy rate forces people around the country to wait for justice. 

Women in the Federal Judiciary: Still A Long Way to Go

July 31, 2014

Over the past three decades, an increasing number of women have joined the legal profession.  Since 1992, women’s representation in law school classes has approached 50%. Despite record numbers of female judicial nominees, the percentage of female federal judges, however, is far lower. It is of critical importance to increase the representation of women on the federal bench.

Women Who Rely on the Military for Health Care Deserve Comprehensive Birth Control Coverage and Counseling: Support the Access to Contraception for Women Servicemembers and Dependents Act

July 29, 2014

Support the Access to Contraception for Women Servicemembers and Dependents Act to ensure that our servicemembers and their families receive comprehensive contraceptive coverage and counseling.

The Schedules That Work Act: Giving Workers the Tools They Need to Succeed

July 25, 2014

This fact sheet explains how the Schedules That Work Act provides predictability and stability to employers and employees by responding to employees' need for a voice in their schedules, reporting time pay, split shift pay, and advance notice of schedules.