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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

“The decision of the U.S. Supreme Court upholding the Affordable Car Act will protect health care for Pennsylvanians. This is essential for protecting the health and welfare of our children, our most cherished investment.”

“‘The League of Women Voters of Asheville-Buncombe County [NC] will continue to educate our community on the ACA and its pivotal impact on their lives and work to fully implement the law. Health care for all must be the goal as we expand coverage to millions of Americans and preserve the ACA’s transformational reforms,’ said Karen Oelschlaeger...”

“Supporters of the Affordable Care Act gathered at the [FL] state Capitol Friday to celebrate the U.S. Supreme Court's decision upholding the law. The Florida Pediatric Society was joined by the League of Women Voters, the Florida Alliance for Retired Americans and other consumer advocates to praise the court's landmark decision.”

The League is very pleased with the Supreme Court's decision upholding the Affordable Care Act (ACA).  Today’s decision in Florida v. HHS  was surprising but deeply important because it protects the health of millions of Americans. Read our full statement.

Supreme Court Decision Protects Health Care for Millions of Americans

It is National Women’s Health Week– and groups around the nation are taking a moment to recognize the importance of women’s health, and the impact the

“The Florida League of Women Voters is doing its part to help educate consumers about what is actually in the law — how it affects your health, your family and your pocketbook. We're urging the state to take steps toward a Florida Health Care Exchange.”

“Betsy McBride of the League of Women Voters, said, ‘If an ultrasound procedure is not medically necessary, the Legislature should not require that a doctor or an ultrasound technologist perform such a procedure against the will of the patient. … There is no legitimate reason to endorse this bill, which is an assault on Idaho women’s right to privacy.’”

“The debate over contraception continues as Arizona lawmakers work on a bill that would let employers ask women if they use contraception. ... This story got us talking about women's rights, so we brought in experts to examine the issue in detail. ... Dr. Teresa Bratton is with the [AZ] League of Women Voters.”

“The League of Women Voters of Texas, or LWV-TX, deplores the ongoing ‘war against women’ and is outraged that the Texas Women's Health Program, or WHP, may be its latest victim.”