Last week Congressional leaders and public health advocates introduced the “Health Care for Women Resolution,” revealing a new holistic framework for women’s health. They also unveiled an accompanying report, “Women’s Health and Health Care Reform: The Key Role of Comprehensive Reproductive Care,” detailing how reproductive health is central to women’s health and must be an essential component of a health care reform agenda.
Women are the gatekeepers of their families’ health. If we are serious about keeping children and families healthy, we must focus more attention on keeping women healthy,” said Senator Stabenow. “Women must have affordable health care that they can rely on through their life transitions, including starting a family, working part-time or full-time, divorce, or caring for a sick or elderly parent.
The resolution commits Congress to passing legislation within 18 months that guarantees health care for women and all individuals. It also seeks to eliminate health disparities in coverage, treatment, and outcomes on the basis of gender, culture, race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, health status, and sexual orientation.
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Contributed by Maria Elena Perez, Director of Community Mobilization