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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.

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.

Implementing the Child Care and Development Block Grant Reauthorization: A Guide for States

April 01, 2015

This guide is designed to help policymakers and advocates gain a better understanding of what is entailed in fully implementing the November 2014 reauthorization of the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG),

Moving Women & Families Forward: A State Roadmap to Economic Justice

Moving Women & Families Forward: A State Roadmap to Economic Justice

February 18, 2015

Women are half the workforce and families depend on women’s income more than ever before. They are breadwinners or co-breadwinners in two-thirds of American families and continue to bear a disproportionate share of caregiving responsibilities. Yet, our nation’s public policies and workplace practices too often are based on outdated assumptions about who works, who stays home, and the supports necessary to make sure families are economically secure. 

Because of this, women and their families are left behind. Women continue to be paid less than men; do not have access to comprehensive health care services, including reproductive health care; struggle to access affordable, high-quality child care and early education; are subject to unpredictable and inflexible work schedules; lack basic benefits such as paid sick leave and family leave; experience workplace discrimination, harassment, and unfair treatment; face barriers in accessing education; and are prevented from taking collective action. Now is the time for advocates and legislators to advance a broad vision that knocks down these barriers, remedies discrimination, ensures accountability, and provides key supports that enable women and their families to be economically secure.

Toolkit for Advocates - 2015 Tax Credits Outreach Campaign

December 16, 2014

The toolkit for advocates includes outreach tips and tools to help families claim valuable tax credits.

Making the Most of Well-Woman Visits

November 18, 2014

Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, most women now have coverage for well-women visits, without additional costs like co-pays and deductibles. But how can they make the most of this benefit? We have resources and information to help you learn more about this critical benefit and also to get the word out about no-cost well-woman visit. Regular well-woman visits could be a turning point for women’s health— but only if women know about it them.


We've Got You Covered: What Women Need To Know About Health Care Enrollment

November 11, 2014

The health care law—sometimes called Obamacare—will make health coverage more affordable and easier to obtain for millions of American women. In each state, women will be able to choose a high quality plan that covers important health services like maternity care, prescription drugs, and preventive health services. These resources provide women and their families with information about the new health coverage options available through a Health Insurance Marketplace in their state.

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.

Turning the Corner: State Child Care Assistance Policies 2014

October 22, 2014

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.