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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.

The Hobby Lobby "Minefield": The Harm, Misuse, and Expansion of the Supreme Court Decision

June 12, 2015

The Supreme Court’s decision in Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood Specialties v. Burwell has been misused and expanded in ways that sanction discrimination in areas beyond birth control coverage. This report cites more than 10 examples to demonstrate how the Hobby Lobby decision and the law underlying it – the Religious Freedom Restoration Act – have been to misused in attempts to shirk legal obligations, from refusing to comply with non-discrimination laws to resisting vaccination requirements.

State of Breastfeeding Coverage: Health Plan Violations of the Affordable Care Act

May 20, 2015

This report goes in-depth into coverage of the ACA’s breastfeeding benefits and found that women face widespread barriers to getting coverage of breastfeeding support and supplies. The report supplemented its review of plan documents with stories of real women gathered through NWLC’s CoverHer hotline, which helps women who hare having trouble getting coverage for breastfeeding benefits as required by law.

A Women’s Economic Agenda Must Help Women and Families Succeed

May 12, 2015

Recognizing that when women succeed, their families and the economy prosper, some legislative leaders are taking action to create opportunities for women in the workplace. The National Women’s Law Center applauds these efforts because investment in women’s economic security is vital for women and their families.

Our Moment: An Economic Agenda for Women and Families

May 12, 2015

In the last four decades the educational levels and work experiences of women have increased dramatically. Women are over half of college graduates and nearly half the workforce. But although women have better credentials than ever before, they typically are paid less than men, are more likely than men to work in low-wage jobs, often lack the affordable and high-quality child care, health care—including reproductive health care—and other supports they need to work and care for their families, and are more likely to live in poverty. An economic agenda to address these and other barriers to women’s advancement is essential, not only for women and their families, but for the nation as a whole. 

This report—Our Moment: An Economic Agenda for Women and Families—examines the factors that contribute to the economic insecurity of women and their families and highlights key components of a federal economic agenda that are both under consideration and achievable.

State of Birth Control Coverage: Health Plan Violations of the Affordable Care Act

April 28, 2015

State of Birth Control Coverage: Health Plan Violations of the Affordable Care Act goes in-depth into coverage of FDA-approved birth control methods and found widespread violations of the ACA’s requirement that all such methods be covered without co-payments or deductibles.

State of Women’s Coverage: Health Plan Violations of the Affordable Care Act

April 28, 2015
The health care law was a historic step forward for women and their families. But are health plans fulfilling the promise of the Affordable Care Act? State of Women’s Coverage: Health Plan Violations of the Affordable Care Act assesses coverage of women’s health services by analyzing coverage offered on health insurance Marketplaces by more than 100 insurance companies in 15 states during 2014 and 2015 and found that more than half of the issuers were violating the ACA. State of Birth Control Coverage: Health Plan Violations of the Affordable Care Act goes in-depth into coverage of FDA-approved birth control methods and found widespread violations of the ACA’s requirement that all such methods be covered without co-payments or deductibles.

State of Women’s Coverage: Health Plan Violations of the Affordable Care Act

April 28, 2015

The health care law was a historic step forward for women and their families. But are health plans fulfilling the promise of the Affordable Care Act (ACA)? State of Women’s Coverage: Health Plan Violations of the Affordable Care Act assesses coverage of women’s health services by analyzing coverage offered on health insurance Marketplaces by more than 100 insurance companies in 15 states during 2014 and 2015 and found that more than half of the issuers were violating the ACA. 

Finishing Last: Girls of Color and School Sports Opportunities

April 20, 2015

This report, from NWLC and the Poverty & Race Research Action Council, presents new data showing that at the national and state levels, girls of color do not receive equal chances to play school sports. The report delves into the consequences of this inequality for girls of color and offers recommendations for addressing the problem. 

Extra Credit: How Louisiana Is Improving Child Care

April 14, 2015

This report analyzes the impact of a unique package of tax credits intended to improve the quality of child care in Louisiana – the School Readiness Tax Credits – in the first four years of their implementation.