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Medicare Ban on Transition-Related Transgender Health Coverage Lifted

Medicare Ban on Transition-Related Transgender Health Coverage Lifted

The United States Department of Health and Human Services Departmental Appeals Board ruled on Friday that transgender people can no longer be automatically denied Medicare coverage for surgery as part of their transition-related health care.
Complaint Filed Against Insurers for Discrimination Against People with HIV/AIDS

Complaint Filed Against Insurers for Discrimination Against People with HIV/AIDS

The complaint claims that four Florida insurers are creating prescription drug policies that discourage people with HIV/AIDS from using their plans.
State Refusals to Expand Medicaid Have Left Millions Uninsured

State Refusals to Expand Medicaid Have Left Millions Uninsured

Nearly five million low-income Americans do not have access to affordable insurance because state legislators in 24 states refuse to expand Medicaid.
Advocates Push NYPD for More Reform Following Recent Condom Seizure Policy Revision

Advocates Push NYPD for More Reform Following Recent Condom Seizure Policy Revision

The NYPD will stop its practice of confiscating condoms from suspected sex workers to be used as evidence of prostitution.
Reports Reveal Decrease in Maternal Mortality and Need for Faster Progress

Reports Reveal Decrease in Maternal Mortality and Need for Faster Progress

Two new reports by United Nations agencies revealed that although there has been significant progress in reducing maternal mortality worldwide over the last decade, much more can be done to protect women's lives.
Around the World, Mother's Day Is A Call to Action

Around the World, Mother’s Day Is A Call to Action

Becoming a mother didn't cost me my life, and it didn't cost my daughter hers either. Some moms aren’t so lucky.
Tennessee Governor Signs Bill Allowing Criminalization of Pregnant Women

Tennessee Governor Signs Bill Allowing Criminalization of Pregnant Women

SB 1391 would permit women to be charged with assault - theoretically up to the point of aggravated assault, which incurs a maximum penalty of 15 years in prison - if they have pregnancy complications after using illegal drugs or deliver children with "neonatal abstinence syndrome."
Florida Governor Expected to Sign Fetal Homicide Bill

Florida Governor Expected to Sign Fetal Homicide Bill

States have used fetal homicide laws, like the one is Florida, to criminalize pregnant women or poor pregnancy outcomes.
Cuba Faces Condom Shortage

Cuba Faces Condom Shortage

A current condom shortage in Cuba is stirring fears of higher STD rates and unplanned pregnancies.
More than 7 Million People Enrolled in Healthcare Through Affordable Care Act

More than 7 Million People Enrolled in Healthcare Through Affordable Care Act

Despite false advertising about the ACA, numerous Republican attempts to dismantle the law, and problems with the rollout of the Healthcare.gov site, millions of Americans will now access quality, affordable health insurance.
Breastfeeding Woman Pushed To Resign Will Not Get Discrimination Trial

Breastfeeding Woman Pushed To Resign Will Not Get Discrimination Trial

Despite the Pregnancy Discrimination Act of 1978's bar on discrimination toward pregnant employees, many American women are forced out of their jobs or denied accommodations that would allow them to continue working once they become pregnant.
New Bill Aims To Expand Health Care Access for Immigrant Women and Families

New Bill Aims To Expand Health Care Access for Immigrant Women and Families

The Health Equity and Access Under the Law (HEAL) for Immigrant Women and Families Act of 2014, introduced last week, would significantly improve the ability of immigrant women and families to access affordable health care.
Majority of Americans Approve of Obamacare Contraception Mandate

Majority of Americans Approve of Obamacare Contraception Mandate

53 percent of the 1,000 adults surveyed by telephone said that they believe employers should be required to include contraception coverage in workers' health plans even if the employers oppose its use.
We Need You At The Supreme Court!

We Need You At The Supreme Court!

We need you to stand with us at the Supreme Court on March 25 to preserve contraceptive access for millions of women.
Uninsured Rate Hits New Low as Affordable Care Act Puts Insurance Within Reach

Uninsured Rate Hits New Low as Affordable Care Act Puts Insurance Within Reach

The ACA has helped over 4.2 million Americans obtain the health insurance they need to be able to take care of themselves and their families
Study Finds Continuing Gender Gap in Medical Research

Study Finds Continuing Gender Gap in Medical Research

In response to this report, presented at the Women's Health Summit in Boston on Monday, Senator Elizabeth Warren has publicly stated her intention to push for new laws that would create greater oversight for federal agencies and ensure greater representation of women in medical research.
USDA Expands Access to Healthy Food for Low-Income Women And Children

USDA Expands Access to Healthy Food for Low-Income Women And Children

Two million women and seven million children will now have greater access to a variety of nutritious food options, thanks to the US Department of Agriculture's (USDA) expansion of the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC).
Supreme Court Declines to Hear Case to Limit Access to Women's Healthcare Centers

Supreme Court Declines to Hear Case to Limit Access to Women’s Healthcare Centers

"The men and women of this state have the right to see the health care provider they deem is best for them."
Fetus of Brain-Dead Woman Kept On Life Support Against Wishes Found Deformed

Fetus of Brain-Dead Woman Kept On Life Support Against Wishes Found Deformed

The attorneys said the fetus is "gestating within a dead and deteriorating body as the horrified family looks on."
First Woman Nominated to Lead Global US HIV/AIDS Programs

First Woman Nominated to Lead Global US HIV/AIDS Programs

President Obama has nominated Dr. Deborah Birx to become the next leader of PEPFAR, the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, which funds HIV/AIDS programs and prevention efforts around the world.