Raising Women’s Voices

Women’s Health and Election 2008

Posted in Uncategorized by raisingwomensvoices on October 9, 2008

Women consistently cite health care as one of the top issues they want the Presidential candidates to address, reflecting their experiences with the health care system as patients, mothers, and caregivers for frail and disabled family members.  Women’s priorities for health care reform cut across many critical topics, including health insurance coverage and affordability, the cornerstones of the candidates’ health proposals, as well as long-term care, delivery system issues, and reproductive health.  This brief discusses each of these issue areas from a women’s perspective and summarizes the presidential candidates’ stated positions on these topics.

How do health care costs and coverage affect women’s access to care?

Affordability. The impact of health costs can be particularly acute for women, who are more likely to use health care services throughout their lives, yet have lower incomes and fewer resources than men.  Women are more likely than men to report that cost is barrier to care (Figure 1) Even among privately insured women, 17% report delaying or going without needed health care because they could not afford associated costs such as co-payments or non-covered services.1 The effects of costs are particularly acute for low-income women.2 …”

For the full article, please visit: http://www.kff.org/womenshealth/h08_7822.cfm

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