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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. 

Health Care Reform In Depth

Deirdre Mcnab, president of the League of Women Voters of Florida, guest blogs on their advocacy work to get Florida to expand the Medicaid program through the Affordable Care Act.

LWVUS joined an amicus brief in a challenge to the Affordable Care Act (ACA) by employers who maintain they

In last night’s annual State of the Union (SOTU) address, President Obama laid out his priorities for the coming year. Here’s the rundown of what he said on our issues and how it aligns with League positions.

To mark the 41st anniversary of the Supreme Court's decision in Roe v. Wade, the League of Women Voters of Texas guest blogged on the new abortion restrictions in their state.

State and local Leagues throughout the country have been working with government agencies, health care providers and advocates to get the word out to the American people on the Affordable Care Act and its pivotal impact on their lives.

The League submitted comments that urge the Department of Health and Human Services to develop the application for entrance into the Exchange and Insurance Affordability Programs be compliant with the National Voter Registration Act.

Today, the League marks the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the landmark Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion in the United States.

There is more good news coming this week for women because of the Affordable Health Care Act (ACA). Beginning August 1st, millions of women around the country will be able to receive free preventive health care benefits. So, what does this mean in the day-to-day lives of women? A whole lot for their health!

“The League of Women Voters of Santa Barbara [CA] will continue to educate our community on the ACA and its pivotal impact on their lives, and work to fully implement the law, while continuing to work for further healthcare reform in California.”

Marilyn A. O'Dell, co-president League of Women Voters of Utah: "Because of these vital benefits, the League of Women Voters supports ACA and aims to inform Utahns about its pivotal impact on their lives."