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Health Care Reform

Every U.S. resident should have access to affordable, quality health care, including birth control and the privacy to make reproductive choices.  

Why it matters

The U.S. health care system should provide a basic level of quality health care at an affordable cost to all U.S. residents. Basic care includes disease prevention, primary care (including prenatal and reproductive health), acute long-term care, mental health care, as well as health promotion and education. Health care policy goals should include the equitable distribution of services and delivery of care, advancement of medical research and technology, and a reasonable total national expenditure level. 

What we're doing

Over the past 20 years, we have lobbied for health care policy solutions, including the Affordable Care Act (ACA), to control costs and ensure a basic level of care for all. Throughout the health care debates of the past few decades, Leagues worked to provide millions of Americans across the country with objective information about the health care system and its significant reforms. This included organizing community education projects, holding public forums and debates, creating and distributing resource materials, and engaging leading policy makers and analysts. 

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Health Care Reform In Depth

LWVUS joined 189 organizations addressing Congressional leadership and standing in solidarity with Black Women’s Reproductive Justice advocates to protect the bodily autonomy and reproductive rights of all people.

The League joins its partners addressing Congress and asking for new pandemic relief legislation that protects and meetings basic human needs to reduce the effects of the pandemic on our population.

We commend the Court on today’s ruling and celebrate that Louisiana will retain the three existing clinics in the state that provide abortion care.

LWVUS has actively been supporting additional measures for inclusion in the next emergency funding stimulus bills related to the coronavirus. 

This week the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in a case that challenges a Louisiana law designed to undermine access to abortion.

With 136 organizations, we wrote to Congressional leadership to ask that provisions that promote health care access for millions of people in the U.S. and globally be included in the final budget.

We joined 92 organizations in requesting that the Department of Labor extend the comment period for proposed rules on the equal opportunity clause's religious exemption.

LWVUS joined organizations connected to the Coalition on Human Needs on a letter urging members of Congress to lift severe caps on domestic and international discretionary spending in Fiscal Years 2020 and 2021.

Last Wednesday, governors from across the country, Congressional leaders, and special interest groups met in Washington, DC to unveil new efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

Open Enrollment for health insurance coverage under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is from November 1-December 15, 2017.