The Affordable Care Act (ACA) makes historic strides for women’s health and economic security but is once again under attack. The ACA provides tax credits to help low and moderate income individuals and families purchase health insurance – many of whom are women. In the 2014-2015 term, the Supreme Court will review King v. Burwell, a case challenging this core provision of the ACA. The Court will determine whether the ACA allows the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to provide these subsidies to individuals and families who purchase insurance from the federally-facilitated health insurance Exchanges. The decision will have a significant impact on the health and economic security of nearly three million women who are enrolled in health insurance through these Exchanges now and millions more in the future.
This checklist outlines the items individuals seeking tax preparation assistance must bring to a VITA, TCE, or Tax-Aide site.
Two-Thirds of Benefits from Improved Tax Credits for Working Families Go to Women and Their Families
This fact sheet explains why, when Congress considers changes to the tax code, a key priority should be making improvements in tax credits for working families permanent.
The National Women's Law Center's 11th annual review of key child care subsidy policies in all fifty states and the District of Columbia reveals that in 2014, families were worse off in 13 states than they were in 2013 under one or more child care assistance policies, but were better off in 33 states. These 51 fact sheets summarize the state-specific information in Turning the Corner: State Child Care Assistance Policies 2014.
The individual state fliers in Spanish, Chinese, Vietnamese, and Hmong languages include information on tax credits specific to all 50 states and the District of Columbia.
The following timeline summarizes the upcoming dates by which state and federal agencies will be required to implement provisions of the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) reauthorization, which President Obama signed into law on November 19, 2014. Provisions not included below generally are effective upon enactment.
Singled Out: What the Supreme Court’s Recent and Upcoming Decisions Could Mean for Women’s Health and Economic Security
This Supreme Court Term, another challenge to the Affordable Care Act (ACA) will command attention due to its important implications for many who rely on the ACA for health coverage, but equally importantly, the Court will take up one or more cases focusing squarely on women’s health and economic security. Earlier this year, the Supreme Court issued two rulings (Hobby Lobby v. Burwell and McCullen v. Coakley) that threaten to have a significant impact on both, in decisions that had the effect of singling out women’s reproductive health needs for diminished legal protections. This Term, the Court will hear a pregnancy discrimination case (Young v. UPS), and another birth control coverage case may be ripe for review before the Term is out. A key question is whether in deciding these cases, a majority of the Justices will continue to dismiss women’s health and economic security or will instead recognize that promoting women’s reproductive health is critical to protecting women’s equal opportunity to achieve and succeed.
This chart compares the prior version of the law governing the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) with provisions of the CCDBG reauthorized in November 2014.
The Pregnancy Discrimination Act and the Amended Americans with Disabilities Act: Working Together to Protect Pregnant Workers
There’s good news for those pregnant workers who need temporary job modifications to continue working without risk to themselves or their pregnancies. The Americans with Disabilities Act was amended in 2008 to expand protections for temporarily disabled workers. These amendments, coupled with the Pregnancy Discrimination Act, mean that employers must provide reasonable accommodations for many pregnant workers who need them. View our factsheet to learn about the protections provided for pregnant employees under the law.
This fact sheet breaks down the costs of the recently passed reauthorization of the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG).