Health Care Reform
JWI cares deeply about women’s access to quality health care. Women participate extensively in the health care system and their needs cannot be overlooked.
In 2007 alone, 45% of women ages 18-64 were uninsured or underinsured and that number is increasing at an alarming rate.[i] Simply speaking, the health care system has failed – creating barriers where there should be access, reacting to medical emergencies instead of providing adequate prevention, and forcing families to choose between skyrocketing insurance premiums and co-payments, and basic needs such as food, rent or electricity.
Women are more likely than men to require health care throughout their lifetime, including regular visits to reproductive health care providers and long-term care for chronic conditions, and they are twice as likely to suffer from certain mental illnesses as men.[ii] Their needs are not being met.
To ensure that any health care reform package meets the specific needs of women, it must:
These reforms must apply broadly to all insurance markets – individual coverage and group health insurance markets.
Women need Health Care Reform. We cannot settle for anything less!
[i] National Women’s Law Center and Oregon Health and Science University, Making the Grade on Women’s Health: A National and State-by-State Report Card (2007).National Report Card on Women’s Health
[ii] Elizabeth Patchias and Judy Waxman, The Commonwealth Fund, Women and Health Coverage: The Affordability Gap (Apr. 2007), http://www.nwlc.org/pdf/NWLCCommonwealthHealthInsuranceIssueBrief2007.pdf