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.
The toolkit for advocates includes outreach tips and tools to help families claim valuable tax credits.
Given the importance of child care assistance, it is encouraging that families in thirty-three states were better off—having greater access to assistance and/or receiving greater benefits from assistance—in February 2014 than in February 2013 under one or more child care assistance policies covered in this report.
NWLC Files Comments with Department of Education on Proposed School Improvement Grants (SIG) Program Rule
The National Women's Law Center filed comments in response to the proposed rule published by the Department of Education on September 8, 2014, which would revise requirements for the School Improvement Grants (SIG) program, including an Early Learning Intervention Model as an option for struggling public schools.
This report provides a gender analysis of national and state poverty and income data for 2013, released by the Census Bureau in September 2014
With Unlocking Opportunity for African American Girls: A Call to Action for Educational Equity, the National Women’s Law Center and the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. shine a spotlight on the barriers that restrict and limit the educational opportunities of many African American girls, the impact of those barriers on the lives of African American girls and women, and the available interventions that present opportunities to fundamentally improve life outcomes for young African American women. This report — the result of a multi-year study — urges educators, school leaders, community leaders and members, advocates, policymakers, and philanthropic organizations to take action to advance the success of African American girls.
This report, from NWLC and American for Tax Fairness, summarizes 23 of the loopholes the tax reform plan proposed by Representative David Camp (R-MI), along with the Joint Committee on Taxation estimates of the revenue each would raise.
It’s critical for federal candidates to hear that early learning is an important issue to their electorate during this election season. This toolkit provides the resources advocates and community leaders need to get and keep early learning on the table during an election year.
Over the past four decades, women’s work experience and educational attainment have increased dramatically. Although women have better credentials than ever before, the job and income prospects for many are bleak. Women make up two-thirds of the nearly 20 million workers in low-wage jobs—defined in this report as jobs that typically pay $10.10 per hour or less—although they make up slightly less than half of the workforce as a whole.
This report examines the nexus between difficult working conditions in low-wage jobs and the challenges of obtaining high-quality, affordable, stable child care.