How D.C.’s women were sacrificed and the implications for future policy.
Virginia’s Governor continues to play politics with women’s health by amending HB 2434 to prohibit all insurance plans sold in Virginia under health reform from covering the cost of abortions.
Reproductive health advocates must fend off repeated attacks on health reform, work on implementation and fix the flaws.
Insurance giant Wellpoint responded to charges levied last week by a Reuters article that the insurance giant was discriminating against breast cancer patients.
On Wednesday, the US Conference of Catholic Bishops issued a statement calling defeat of the Nelson-Hatch-Casey amendment a “grave mistake,” and underscoring that they continue to work toward maintainingg Stupak Amendment language in the final bill.
A Colorado lawmaker is pushing a bill to require insurance coverage of both birth control and maternity care–not now widely available in the state–calling his bill a “no-brainer.”
Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) is optimistic that the drama over the public option will end, telling CNN this week that the historical significance of the reform vote will ultimately be enough to sway the four moderates now opposing the public option to vote in favor of the bill.
The Senate health care reform bill was released last night and maintains the status quo on abortion access, throwing out any abortion coverage bans a la the Stupak Amendment; Catholics argue against the idea that banning private insurance coverage for abortion in the House bill was some kind of common ground effort; and DC disses birth control coverage.
Early indications are that the Senate health reform bill introduced by Majority Leader Harry Reid preserves the “status quo” and does not include a version of the Stupak amendment.
This weekend, insurance company executives confirmed to NPR health reporter Julie Rovner what the pro-choice community has been saying since the Stupak amendment passed the House. In short, the amendment will lead to a virtual elimination of insurance coverage for abortion care, in turn leading to what one analyst calls “devastating outcomes” for some women.