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 2018, our nationwide WomenTalk® survey asked women to share their views on a range of health-related topics. Today these results are helping to inform our work, engage our partners, and importantly, keep you updated on health-policy issues that may affect your health, including 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.
In the news
In searching to save money on monthly insurance premiums, people may unwittingly sign up for plans that limit choice of hospitals, doctors and other sources for health care. share
Over the counter drugs and supplements may contain dangerous toxins or unapproved drug ingredients, so people who take them may be risking serious health problems. share
Federal policies that restrict access to clinics that provide women with contraception may mean women will only have access to clinics that offer few options and promote abstinence, or that have limited effectiveness in preventing pregnancies. 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
Open enrollment period is the only time you can make changes to your existing health insurance coverage. Here's what you should now to make the right choices. share
After dramatic increases in recent years, premiums for ACA insurance for individuals is going to decrease in many states next year for a variety of reasons. share
When people get surprise medical bills because they received care from out-of-network providers or clinicians, state laws designed to protect them from huge bills may not apply when their job-based health insurance if from a company that self-insures. share
Some states are requiring insurance to pay for preserving eggs and sperm for young patients undergoing cancer chemotherapy so they have opportunities to have children later. share
Federal law now prohibits contract “gag” clauses that prevent pharmacists from telling patients that the cash price for a medicine may be less than what they would pay under their insurance plan. 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