Legislative Agenda / Health and Access to Healthcare
NACW encourages and supports health promotion and disease prevention policies and initiatives targeting women. Fifty percent of premature deaths in the United States can be prevented through preventive services as well as behavior change ‹ prevention is integral to the general health and well being of all Americans.
Position: Increase health promotion and disease prevention initiatives aimed at women on such matters as teen pregnancy, drug and alcohol addiction, HIV/AIDS, heart disease, diabetes and various forms of cancer.
NACW advocates for the elimination of economic, employment, social and cultural barriers to health care for women. Women who live in poverty or have less than a high school education have shorter life spans, higher rates of illness, disability, and death, and more limited access to high quality health care services.
Position: Strengthen policies and increase funding for programs that improve access, and eliminate economic, employment, social and cultural barriers to adequate health care (including preventive care).
NACW advocates for the integration of reproductive health services into any health care system available to Americans. Women of childbearing age (15 - 44) pay sixty-eight percent more in out-of-pocket health care costs than their male counterparts.
Position: Require all group health insurance and health insurers to cover prescriptive contraceptive drugs and devices if such plans provide benefits for other outpatient prescriptive drugs and devices.