Raising Women’s Voices

Health Care Community Discussions Report is Out!

Posted in DC Reform, Reproductive Health Care by raisingwomensvoices on March 5, 2009

In December of 2008, President-elect Obama called for Americans to participate in Health Care Community Discussions to discuss health care reform in America. Over 9,000 Americans signed up to host, and thousands more participated.health-reform1

A notable excerpt about women’s healthcare under the Comprehensive Coverage section:

A group of friends from Planned Parenthood in Denver, Colorado, remarked, “Overall our group would like to see more coverage for women’s health care. Some of my friends have stopped using birth control because it is too expensive. They literally are making decisions about birth control and pap smears and filling up their gas tank or buying groceries. It is so sad that these days women cannot protect themselves the way they should be able to. Women’s health care is very preventative and if my friends had access to those services it would be a lot less expensive in the long run.” A North Dakota women’s group held a Health Care Community Discussion and reiterated this point by bluntly stating, “Preventative health care is an important part of being healthy and lowering money spent on health care for citizens and the state. The primary preventative health care services should be covered and routine: birth control, breast and cervical cancer screenings, sexual treatment infection screening and treatment.”

For the full report, click here

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