- Employers will have to allow nursing mothers break time to express milk. Learn more here.
- All chain restaurants in the nation will have to post the amount of calories in each item on their menu, a practice that has been eye-opening for those of us living in New York, where it is already required. (Do you know how many calories there are in a frappucino or, even worse, a Whopper?) Learn more here.
- There will be a new long-term care insurance plan we can join now to receive help paying for home health care if we become disabled. Learn more here.
- Drug companies and medical device makers will be required to report gifts and payments that they make to doctors and teaching hospitals starting in 2012, and in the following years that information will be publicly available in a searchable on-line database. Reportable items include food, entertainment, travel and honoraria as well as consulting fees and funding for research or conferences. The national disclosure standard will help protect us from irrational prescribing and unnecessary medical expenses. Click here to learn more about the Physician Payment Sunshine provisions of the law.
- Insurance denials for children with pre-existing conditions will end this year, but what about for adults?
- How will the bill affect community health centers and public health programs?
- What are the implications for reproductive health access in the new law?
- How will undocumented immigrants get health care, given their exclusion from health reform?
- The vote tally for the House members is here. Find your representative's contact information here.
- The vote tally for the Senate members is here. Find your senator's contact information here
We all know it won't be long before we will be asking these very same members of Congress to help us make health reform better, including respecting women's reproductive rights. You might even want to say "thanks for your help, and here's what you can do next"!
working to make sure women's voices are heard
in the Health Reform debate and their concerns are addressed by policymakers
developing national and state health reform plans.