The Health Care for Women Resolution was reintroduced in both chambers of Congress yesterday by co-chair of the Congressional Caucus on Women’s Issues Representative Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) and Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI). If passed, the resolution would help to ensure the needs of women would be met in national healthcare reform.
In a press release, Representative Schakowsky said “our resolution calls on Congress to pass a national healthcare reform bill within 18 months that directly addresses the healthcare needs of women.” Senator Stabenow added “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.”
Also yesterday, a Columbia University report (see PDF), entitled “Women’s Health and Healthcare Reform,” was released. This report calls for the linkage of family planning and prenatal care to women’s medical care, ensuring that women receive accurate and complete healthcare information, that their healthcare is confidential, and that integrated reproductive healthcare is available across women’s lifespans.