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
A federal district court ruled that the ACA is unconstitutional raises doubts (again) about the law, even as more people benefit and premiums for ACA plans have stabilized. Listen to the podcast. share
Short-term health insurance plans may offer people lower monthly premiums, but do not cover as many benefits, and can exclude pre-existing conditions, as well as limit the amount of coverage or not have a cap on the annual amount the person has to pay. 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
A federal district court ruled that the ACA is unconstitutional raises doubts (again) about the law, even as more people benefit and premiums for ACA plans have stabilized. share
When pregnant women with a substance use disorder – or history of opioid dependence or addiction – are preparing for labor they need to have good communications with their doctors about their exposure to opioids during labor and delivery, and afterwards. 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
Congress’s must fix the impending "out-of-pocket cliff" for the Medicare Part D prescription drug program that could severely harm 44 million Americans. share
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