Why It Matters
The US health care system should provide a basic level of quality health care at an affordable cost to all US 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 policymakers and analysts.
LWV is mobilizing partners with Planned Parenthood Action Fund in the Bans Off Our Bodies campaign for reproductive justice.
LWVUS filed an amicus brief in support of plaintiffs in Hecox v. Little, which challenges Idaho’s law that targets transgender, nonbinary, and intersex students with the nation’s harshest requirements for participation in women’s sports.
Several abortion providers in Louisiana sued to strike down state laws that restricted abortion access by requiring them to be staff members with admitting privileges in hospitals no further than 30 miles from their clinic.
Whole Woman’s Health, a Texas abortion clinic, sued Texas after the state passed a law banning abortion after a fetal heartbeat is detected. The law would be enforced through bounties paid to private citizens who sue recipients of abortion and those aiding and abetting the performance of abortions
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