Health Policy Affects Your Health
Decisions made by local, state and federal policymakers can directly affect your health. That's why HealthyWomen's Policy Center offers objective information and resources about policy topics we've identified as priorities for women's health.
Because your voice matters.
In 2017, HealthyWomen kicked off its policy efforts with the national #KeeptheCare campaign, which continues to educate women about the availability of 26 zero-cost preventive health services, like mammograms and Pap tests, and the importance of maintaining access to them. Today we also seek to educate women about common barriers to care, such as restrictive health insurance, and provide insights about how women can take action on key health policy issues.
At HealthyWomen, we believe these key health policy issues include: Access to Care, Affordability, Preventive Care, Chronic Conditions & Policy, Opioid Use Disorder, Medication Safety, and Medical Research & Clinical Trials.
HealthyWomen Policy Center Resources
The Policy Statements page has policy statements, comment letters, articles and other documents which are written by HealthyWomen experts and partners about policy priorities for women's health. These statements typically respond to proposed state or federal legislation or government rules that may affect women's health.
The Take Action page page provides information on how to contact your elected and appointed officials to let them know your health and health care matters.
And, as always, we want to hear from you about your questions about health policy. Please send any comments to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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High prices for cancer drug are harming people's ability to fight cancer, warns a new report from the President's Cancer Panel. share
Many patients are receiving large medical bills for hospital or other services according to a Kaiser Family Foundation poll. This poll also found that most people strongly favor protecting the insurance coverage for people with pre-existing conditions. share
One of the main features of Obamacare—providing insurance for adults under age 26 through their parents' health plan—allowed many pregnant young women to obtain prenatal care, new research shows. share
New Poll Shows Women Interested in Medication Quality, Cost of Health Care, and Issues in International Trade
A new poll shows that women voters are concerned about PBMs driving up health care costs for women and families - and are also concerned about the quality of medicines made outside the U.S., and other countries stealing US companies’ intellectual property share
Many women with newborns face challenging workplace rules or physical problems – from limited leave policies or lack of lactation rooms – and the U.S. Congress has its own set of challenges for new moms who are Members of Congress or Congressional staff. share
In a potential advance for medical research, scientists say they've created the first functioning human muscle from skin cells. share