While millions of Americans lack health insurance, the President's budget slashes health care programs. Bush proposes cutting almost $178 billion from Medicare and $17 billion from Medicaid programs over the next 5 years. Under the Bush budget, Medicaid Family Planning Services would lose $570 million in funding in one year alone, according to the National Women�s Law Center.
"The President is proposing to once again slash health care coverage for seniors and low-income working Americans. The President's cuts are exactly the wrong medicine when the cost of health care and the number of uninsured continue to rise and families are feeling economically insecure," House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said in the Washington Post.
Under Bush�s proposed budget, Department of Justice programs aimed at combating violence against women would face cuts up to $100 million, over 25%. According to the Daily Women�s Health Policy Report, chair of the House Ways and Means Health Subcommittee Rep. Pete Stark (D-CA) said Bush's proposed budget will be "dead on arrival" in Congress.
Media Resources: Daily Women�s Health Policy Report 2/4/08; Feminist Daily Newswire; Washington Post 2/1/08; National Women�s Law Center Press Release 2/4/08
11/20/2014 Federal Appeals Court Rejects Priests for Life Challenge to Birth Control Coverage Rule - In a victory for women's health, a unanimous panel of the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit on Friday rejected a challenge to the Affordable Care Act (ACA) contraceptive coverage benefit brought by Priests for Life, the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Washington and other religiously affiliated non-profit organizations.
Judge Nina Pillard, a former law professor who was nominated to the DC Circuit by President Obama and confirmed by the Senate in December, wrote the opinion for the Court, which found that the ACA birth control benefit did not substantially burden or violate non-profits' religious freedom.
Under the Affordable Care Act, health insurance companies must cover the full cost of all FDA-approved contraceptives - including the pill, IUDs, and emergency contraception - without requiring co-pays or cost-sharing. . . .