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 email@example.com.
In the news
For women's health, there are many aspects of current Medicare coverage that are problematic. While Medicare-for-all could offer the same insurance and benefits to everyone with guaranteed access, it would also have some significant challenges. share
HealthyWomen Opposes Proposed Changes to Title IX’s Rules for Sexual Harassment and Assaults Involving Students
HealthyWomen opposes the proposed changes to Title IX because sexual harassment and sexual assaults have long-lasting consequences for women's physical and mental health. share
Parental concern about vaccines continues to prevent kids from getting vaccinated, which puts newborns and others at risk of illness and death. One group in South Carolina is working on peer education. share
Rebates paid from pharmaceutical companies to pharmaceutical benefit managers are increasing, driving up costs for patients, and possibly increasing overall drug spending and prices. share
Medical marijuana is generating greater attention as more states legalize its use. However, there are many different active chemical compounds in the different strains of the cannabis plant. share
Unexpectedly high "surprise" medical bills for having a baby are not uncommon, but also lead women to find a different doctor or hospital for their next child so they can avoid those surprise high costs. share
As policy makers seek to find ways to expand access, some Federal officials are touting Medicare-For-All, while some state officials are exploring an option to get more people into state Medicaid programs. Both ideas have supporters and detractors. share
Prescription drug plans for Medicare that provide rebates back to patients rather that prescription benefits managers or payers have been offered, but not many people bought them. share
Websites for people looking for health insurance may lead them to brokers that offer plans that don’t meet ACA requirements, provide less information about the costs and coverage of those non-ACA plans, and which earn insurance brokers more money. share
Women and men can experience sexual problems as they get older and there are FDA approved medicines that can help. However, despite the medical need to treat conditions such as vaginal dryness, insurers may balk at paying for those medicines. share
Patients with cancer face not just the challenges of their illness and the treatments, but also high costs for care, confusing insurance rules, and often chaotic processes at insurance companies. share