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Oregon, Texas are latest states to put down markers on abortion coverage

Oregon, Texas are latest states to put down markers on abortion coverage

In Texas, Gov. Greg Abbott, a Republican, has signed a bill that prohibits insurers from covering abortion unless a woman’s life is in danger. In Oregon, Gov. Kate Brown, a Democrat, signed an expansive bill that requires health plans to cover reproductive health services, including contraceptive drugs, devices and procedures. Abortion is one of those services.

August 23, 2017 | By | Reply More
Often missing in the health care debate: women’s voices

Often missing in the health care debate: women’s voices

As leaders in Washington discussed the future of American health care, women were not always allowed in the room. To hammer out (behind closed doors) the Senate’s initial version of a bill to replace Obamacare, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell appointed 12 colleagues, all male.

August 17, 2017 | By | Reply More
Women’s rights to health care guaranteed in Washington State

Women’s rights to health care guaranteed in Washington State

Under state law, health insurance companies must give female patients direct access to women’s health care providers and to allow them to self-refer to services, including maternity care, reproductive services and gynecological care.

May 16, 2017 | By | Reply More
More than one in three US Women have at least unplanned birth, survey

More than one in three US Women have at least unplanned birth, survey

By Michael Ollove Stateline More than a third of women of reproductive age say they have had at least one unplanned birth and more than half say that an unplanned birth would negatively impact their lives in multiple ways, according to a new survey. The findings, reported Thursday by the Urban Institute, a public policy research […]

March 10, 2017 | By | Reply More
Trump’s ‘global gag rule’ will cause more abortions, not fewer

Trump’s ‘global gag rule’ will cause more abortions, not fewer

Viewpoint By Patricia Schwerdtle Academic Monash University, Melbourne, Australia. Two days after large numbers of people across the globe joined Woman’s Marches, US President Donald Trump reinstated the “global gag rule”, which cuts off all US funding to international NGOs whose work includes abortion services or advocacy. Fortunately, the Dutch government has announced a plan to compensate NGOs […]

February 7, 2017 | By | Reply More
GOP vows to defund Planned Parenthood, but reality makes that hard

GOP vows to defund Planned Parenthood, but reality makes that hard

By Julie Rovner Kaiser Health News If “repeal and replace” of the Affordable Care Act is Republicans’ job one, defunding Planned Parenthood is a close second. In fact, the two priorities might be paired. House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., told reporters Jan. 5 that efforts to defund the organization “would be in our reconciliation bill,” […]

January 17, 2017 | By | Reply More
Abortion by mail delivers promise for better access but political questions remain

Abortion by mail delivers promise for better access but political questions remain

By Phil Galewitz Kaiser Health News When the abortion pills arrived in her mailbox this summer, she felt anxious but also in control, knowing she could end her pregnancy entirely in the privacy of her own home. “I was happy that I was going to be able to do it myself and I did not […]

November 14, 2016 | By | Reply More
Long-term, reversible contraception gains traction with young women

Long-term, reversible contraception gains traction with young women

By Michael Tomsic, WFAE Kaiser Health News Nurse practitioner Kim Hamm talked in soothing tones to her 14-year-old patient as she inserted a form of long-acting contraception beneath the skin of the girl’s upper arm. “This is the numbing medicine, so you’re going to feel me touch you here,” she said, taking the teen’s arm. […]

October 21, 2016 | By | Reply More
To curb unintended pregnancy, states turn to IUDs — in the delivery room

To curb unintended pregnancy, states turn to IUDs — in the delivery room

By Shefali Luthra Kaiser Health News AUSTIN — Peggy Wall, a family nurse practitioner at a local community health center, treats many women in their 40s, who already have a family and find themselves confronting an accidental pregnancy. Many, she says, wish they had taken preventive steps after their last child was born and could […]

October 21, 2016 | By | Reply More
Got Zika? For pregnant women lab delays mean it’s often hard to know

Got Zika? For pregnant women lab delays mean it’s often hard to know

By Shefali Luthra Kaiser Health News Houston-based Legacy Community Health Services, a federally qualified health center, is trying hard to fight the Zika virus. It’s screening pregnant women and following federal guidelines to test people at risk. But despite best efforts, there’s a problem, says Legacy’s chief medical officer, Dr. Ann Barnes. Women who could […]

October 7, 2016 | By | Reply More