New options for people with pre-existing conditions
We will see health reform unfold in stages from now through 2014, and then beyond.
You thought the abortion coverage debate was over when President Obama agreed to sign that executive order and Rep. Bart Stupak voted for the health reform bill? Think again!
What can you do?
First, go to your reliable pro-choice state legislators to discuss how to prevent a total ban on abortion coverage in your insurance exchange. Ask them to let you know immediately if any anti-choice legislators plan to propose a bill that would ban abortion coverage. Discuss with them any ideas they may have about how to stop such a bill from becoming law. Let them know this is a top priority for you! Then, let us know at email@example.com, so we can help with messaging and strategy if such a bill emerges in your state.
"As the leader of the Raising Women's Voices Coalition of Southeastern PA and an active member of the local Health Care for America Now Coalition (HCAN), I was invited to attend a small town hall meeting on the health care reform law featuring Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. This meeting in Northeast Philadelphia was hosted by Congresswoman Allyson Schwartz and Congressman Chaka Fattah, and there were about 50 invited guests in attendance. Secretary Sebelius spoke about the benefits of health care reform, particularly those provisions that will take effect very soon. She acknowledged there is much work to be done and she is up for the challenge and ready to implement this long awaited important reform."
Secretary Sebelius will be in New York City next week at a forum sponsored by the Business and Labor Coalition of New York. Get the details about how you can attend here. Go to the administration's Health Reform website and use its features (such as emails and live chats with HHS officials) to let them know we want the guidelines to make it possible for women to purchase abortion coverage with our own money in state health insurance exchanges.
As always, stay tuned to Raising Women's Voices for the latest news and information!