Women's Health Issues

Study Finds Newly Covered Young Adults Access Mental Health Services, Maternity Care
A new study by the Employee Benefit Research Institute found that young adults who received insurance under the Affordable Care Act provision permitting youths under 26 to join their parents’ health plans, most frequently used their new insurance to access mental health services, substance abuse treatment and maternity care. The study, which looked at a large employer that covers more than 200,000 people, determined that pregnancy-related claims by newly-insured young adults in this group accounted for 19% of inpatient claims. Data suggest that over 3.1 million young adults gained coverage as a result of health reform.

The Health of Maryland Women 2011
The Center for Maternal and Child Health within the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene produced this data book that presents current health information on Maryland women from various sources.  

Kaiser Family Foundation New Resources  

The Kaiser Family Foundation has released several new and updated resources that shed light on the implications of the new health reform law for women and their health and health care. They include the video tutorial, "Health Reform: Impact on Women's Health Coverage and Access to Care," the updated issue brief, "Impact of Health Reform On Women's Access to Coverage and Care," and two updated fact sheets: "Women's Health Insurance Coverage" and "Health Insurance Coverage of Women Ages 18-64, By State, 2007-2008, revised to include the latest data from the U.S. Census Bureau and to reflect major issues in health reform implementation.

Putting Women's Health Disparities on the Map
Kaiser Family Foundation has updated the state level data in its 2009 report on women's health disparities. 

Pregnant Women And New Mothers Will Get Benefits, Services Under Health Care Law
A June 2010 news article in Kaiser Health News details the new services that will be available starting this fall through full implementation in 2014.

Medicaid Funding for Abortion: Providers' Experiences with Cases Involving Rape, Incest and Life Endangerment    
This June 2010 study from Ibis Reproductive Health is extremely timely, as it points out that even the narrow exceptions allowed for federally-funded abortions under the Hyde Amendment are not working in practical experience. We need to help focus attention on this problem as we move into health reform, which will put more and more women on Medicaid facing the same Hyde restrictions, and the likelihood they will not be able to obtain Medicaid coverage in the narrow circumstances for which federal funding is permitted.

Women and Medicaid in Maryland
The National Women's Law Center February 2010 report finds that Medicaid is the most important source of coverage for low-income women. In 2006-07, 19 percent of all low-income women in Maryland were enrolled in the program.

Being a Woman Is Not a Pre-Existing Condition  
National Women's Law Center campaign video emphasizes the disproportionate impact of denials on women's health care.  Oct., 2009

Women at Risk: Why Many Women Are Forgoing Needed Health Care   
The Commonweath Fund report data show that women experience cost-related access problems and medical bill problems more often than men. In 2007, more than half (52%) of women reported problems accessing needed care because of cost and 45 percent of women accrued medical debt or reported problems with medical bills. Since women use more health care services than men, they are more exposed to the fragmentation and failings of the current health care system—underscoring the need for affordable and high-quality health insurance coverage that is available to all.  May 11, 2009

Women for Health Care Reform: Key Messaging Lessons  
by Celinda Lake of the Lake Research Partners with the Herndon Alliance discusses research on the views of women for health care reform.

Women Buying Health Policies Pay a Penalty  
Article in the New York Times reports the higher prices women pay for insurance.

Nowhere to Turn: How the Individual Health Insurance Market Fails Women  
The National Women's Law Center report highlights the disproportionate impact on women who have to fend for themselves in the individual health insurance market. Too many women have nowhere to turn for health coverage, left on their own at the mercy of health insurers with inadequate, unaffordable coverage — if they can find coverage at all.  Oct., 2008

Making the Grade on Women's Health: A National and State-by- State Report Card  
A report sponsored by the National Women's Law Center and Oregon Health & Science University.  2007