Domestic Violence Provisions Included in Healthcare Bill
Congresswoman Louise Slaughter (NY-28), chair of the House Rules Committee, announced that two of her provisions regarding domestic violence are included in the final version of the healthcare reform bill, HR 3962. One provision prevents insurance companies from classifying domestic violence as a "pre-existing condition," and would go into effect on January 10, 2010. The second provision will curb the cost of chronic health problems stemming from domestic violence.
Representative Slaughter said in a statement, "It is absolutely ridiculous that a woman can be denied coverage because she was a victim of domestic abuse, and I am proud that we are putting an end to this deplorable practice...I worked with my friend and colleague Chairman Henry Waxman to guarantee that women who are victims of domestic abuse will be able to receive the support they need and that women in America receive the quality, affordable health care they deserve." Pre-existing conditions that currently impact women also include pregnancy, caesarian sections, cancer treatments beyond the initial incident of treatment, and more.
Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other house Democrats unveiled the bill, known as the Affordable Health Care for America Act, to the public yesterday. See a summary of the bill here. Find more information on healthcare reform and women here.
Media Resources: Congresswoman Louise Slaughter Press Release 10/30/09; Feminist Majority; Committee on Education and Labor 10/29/09
8/28/2015 Alaska Court Protects Abortion Access for Low-Income Women - The Alaska Superior Court struck down a state law yesterday that would have severely limited abortion access for low-income women in Alaska.
The state's Superior Court also struck down a Department of Health and Social Services regulation that placed narrow specifications on Medicaid coverage for abortions, requiring that Medicaid-funded abortions be determined by a physician to be "medically necessary." Last year, the Center for Reproductive Rights, the American Civil Liberties Union, and Planned Parenthood sued on behalf of the Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest, claiming that the narrow definition of "medically necessary" arbitrarily established conditions designed to restrict the ability of low-income women to access abortion services.
The law was temporarily blocked last July by an Alaskan state court judge.
Superior Court Judge John Suddock ordered yesterday that the state be blocked from implementing this regulation, ruling that it placed an undue burden on low-income women seeking abortion services in Alaska.
"By providing health care to all poor Alaskans except women who need abortions, the challenged regulation violates the state constitutional guarantee of 'equal rights, opportunities, and protection under the law'," the ruling read.
"We applaud the superior court for striing down these cruel restrictions on women's health and rights that violate the Alaska Constitution," said Chris Charbonneau, CEO of Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest and the Hawaiian Islands. . . .
8/26/2015 Saudi Women Prepare to Vote for the First Time - The fight for gender equality is making slow but notable progress in Saudi Arabia, where women will be allowed to vote for the first time in upcoming December elections.
This shift in Saudi law came in 2011, when a royal decree announced that women would be allowed to vote and run in local elections beginning in December of 2015. . . .