244904 Contraception is prevention: Successfully campaigning to make sure that women aren't left out of health reform

Tuesday, November 1, 2011: 8:30 AM

Cynthia A. Pearson , National Women's Health Network, Washington, DC
Health care reform offered Americans guaranteed affordable coverage. But will that coverage meet the needs of women, including comprehensive reproductive health services? Existing health private health insurance often penalizes women by charging them more for less coverage and leaving some of women's routine health needs outside the scope of covered services. Federal reform offers opportunities to right these wrongs and require private insurance to better meet women's needs. However, the politics of abortion and abstinence present significant challenges. Women's health advocates are engaged in policy advocacy on several fronts, including making sure that private coverage is affordable, that the essential benefit package includes comprehensive reproductive health services, that contraception is included in preventive health services covered with no cost-sharing requirement, and that provider-refusal clauses don't undermine women's ability access needed care. These advocacy campaigns will be explained in detail, with special attention on Raising Women's Voices “Contraception as Prevention” campaign.

Learning Areas:
Advocacy for health and health education
Public health or related laws, regulations, standards, or guidelines

Learning Objectives:
1) Identify women's health issues that are impacted by the implementation of health care reform 2) Analyze the arguments for and against treating contraceptive services as a preventive health benefit

Keywords: Advocacy, Women's Health

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am qualified to present on this topic because I am engaged in policy analysis and advocacy about women's health and health care reform, and I direct the National Women's Health Network's efforts in this area.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.