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Health Care Reform

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

Why It Matters

The US health care system should provide all US residents with a basic level of quality health care at an affordable cost. Basic care includes disease prevention, primary care (including prenatal and reproductive health), acute and long-term care, mental health care, and 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. 

The League of Women Voters believes that public policy must affirm the right of privacy of the individual to make reproductive choices and that every individual should have access to quality health care at an affordable cost. 

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 basic 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 proud to partner with leaders in the abortion rights space to promote everyone's right to bodily autonomy. The restoration of reproductive rights is a central tenant in our Women's Inequality Day campaign.

Latest from the League

The League signed onto a letter to US Congress urging them to ensure that the Hyde Amendment is not included in the Fiscal Year (FY) 2025 budget.

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The League joined the ACLU and Demos on a federal register notice from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).

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LWVUS signed onto a letter to the congressional subcommittees on Health and Human Services (HHS) urging them to double funding for HHS' Office for Civil Rights (OCR) in FY25 appropriations. OCR enforces civil rights and health information security in HHS-funded or -administered programs, including HIPAA, ACA Section 1557, and parts of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. This funding would support efforts in nondiscrimination based on race, ethnicity, national origin, language, age, sex, pregnancy or related conditions including pregnancy termination, sexual orientation, gender identity, and disability; as well as its work to secure personal health information.

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