Quality, affordable health care is critical to everyone, especially women, children and people of color, many of whom have inadequate health care coverage or no health care coverage at all.
It is not uncommon that even women with insurance find that it does not cover needed procedures, treatments, tests or medicines, especially in the area of reproductive health. Others find themselves unable to afford health care at all. Programs including Medicare, Medicaid, and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) are vital for women and their families to help them manage the cost and accessibility of health care.
In addition to questions of access to and cost of health care, reproductive health is an especially important issue for women because it involves a comprehensive set of issues that relate to a woman’s ability to conceive and bear children. Reproductive health includes, but is not limited to, issues such as contraception, emergency contraception, sexual violence and abuse, and HIV/AIDS. These medical concerns can result in life-threatening complications and/or death. As a result, these issues are vital to the lives and well-being of women and must be fundamental components of quality health care for women.
The YWCA supports a strong health care safety net that includes Medicaid, Medicare and State Health Insurance programs and ensures health care is available to all. The YWCA also strongly supports comprehensive health care for women that includes reproductive health care.