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What women will gain from the Affordable Care Act

bibliofeminista:

Some 32 million people (a majority women) will gain access to health care insurance coverage including 16 million people (also a majority women) who will gain access through Medicaid.

Subsidies to purchase coverage

  • About three-fourths of people who purchase through the insurance exchanges (those with incomes between 133% and 400% of poverty) will receive a federal subsidy to help pay for the coverage.

Bans Discrimination

  • By 2014 at the latest, insurers will be banned from “gender rating,” or charging women higher premiums than men for the same coverage, both for individual policies and for employer group plans with fewer than 100 employees. In most states, women with individual plans pay on the average some 48% higher premiums than men for the same health insurance coverage.

No Co-Pays or Deductibles for Preventive Care including Birth Control

  • Every new insurance policy is required to include the basic preventive health care package without any co-pays or deductibles. As recommended by the Institutes of Medicine, this includes pap smears, mammograms, birth control, STI/STD testing, well woman checkups, immunizations and other preventive care.

Discrimination Based on Pre-Existing Conditions Eliminated

  • Exclusions for pre-existing conditions were immediately eliminated for children in 2010, and will be eliminated in 2014 for adults. This will prevent the exclusion of coverage for women who have “pre-existing conditions” such as pregnancy, prior injuries caused by domestic violence, the second or subsequent Caesarian delivery, re-occurrence of breast cancer, etc. A temporary high risk insurance pool program is available to cover eligible adults with pre-existing conditions until 2014.

Bans Insurers from Dropping Coverage Because of Illness

Mandatory Coverage of Maternity Care and Specific Health Services

  • Beginning January 1, 2014, individual and small employer plans must cover at a minimum a comprehensive package of “essential health benefits” including, for example, pre-natal and maternity care, prescription drug coverage, mental health care, and pediatric care (including oral and vision care). Currently 87 percent of individual health insurance plans exclude maternity coverage.

Mental Health Parity

Benefits for Older People

  • Medicare guaranteed benefits are not reduced.
  • Beginning in 2011, Medicare now covers the full cost of preventive care, including cancer screenings, annual physical examinations and immunizations.
  • The Medicare prescription drug “Donut Hole” will be gradually eliminated, starting with a $250 payment to beneficiaries in 2010 and a 50% discount on Medicare Part D prescription drug costs. By 2020, payments by beneficiaries will be reduced to 25% of drug costs in the gap.

Ban on Discrimination against Lower Paid Employees

  • Employers will not be allowed to provide inferior plans with less coverage to their lower-paid workers, who are more likely to be women and people of color.

Addresses National Nursing and Primary Care Physicians Shortage

  • The law increases the numbers of nursing education slots, providing loan repayments and retention grants and offering grants for employment and training of family nurse practitioners. It provides scholarships, loan programs and bonus payments to private care physicians and general surgeons. It also expands health accessibility by doubly the capacity of community health centers. New programs will increase support for school-based and nurse-managed health centers.

(Source: feministmajority.org, via iamayoungfeminist)

— 1 year ago with 752 notes
#ACA  #affordable care act  #feminist  #women's health  #obamacare  #obama  #health 

storybook:

Heidi Eckert urges young women to get politically active (by mikewstagg)

My speech from the April 28th Unite Women rally in Baton Rouge. I hate watching myself, but I am also proud of myself for speaking out. I never would have imagined I’d have the confidence to do that. And the microphone is too high ;)

— 1 year ago with 13 notes
#lsu  #la  #louisiana  #baton rouge  #new orleans  #nola  #unite women  #unitewomen.org  #war on women  #unite against the war on women  #women  #uawow  #speech  #women's rights  #feminism  #feminist  #college  #student  #politics  #birth control  #reproductive rights  #violence against women  #rape 

emeraldtriangleprincess:

so there’s a lot of beautiful Rosie the Riveters out there, and I’ve compiled a set of them, so we can appreciate them all together :)

ps I don’t know the artists or women depicted for most of these, so if you have info, let me know and I’ll add it!

  1. original print (J. Howard Miller)
  2. Sabina England (artist and portrayal)
  3. unknown
  4. Kelly Rowland (portrayal); Derek Blanks (photographer)
  5. Guatelmalan Woman of Quetzalteca Especial (artist: Mario Lanz)
  6. unknown
  7. Roshan the Riveter (artist: Omid Hast)
  8. Latina Rosie the Riveter (artist: my-little-native)
  9. Robert Valadez (artist)
  10. unknown

(via thesexuneducated)

— 1 year ago with 26848 notes
#feminism  #feminist 
Hillary Clinton Boldly Goes Before the Cameras With No Makeup On: Media Freaks the Fuck Out →

republicanidiots:

tresfuegos:

Hillary Clinton has been especially busy this week, traveling to China and India and accomplishing all sorts of important tasks. While the media has been dutifully covering all of her travels, she’s also gotten a bit of attention for something that has nothing to do with her actual job: Hillary had the nerve to show up at several events this weekend in India looking decidedly un-made-up.

Click to read for more.


— 1 year ago with 12 notes
#Hillary Clinton  #Secretary of State  #politics  #democrat  #fashion  #make-up  #war on women  #womens rights  #feminist 
brodinsons:

Arizona bans funding of Planned Parenthood

(CNN) — Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer has signed off on a bill that will prevent abortion providers like Planned Parenthood from receiving public funds in most cases, her office said.
“This is a common sense law that tightens existing state regulations and closes loopholes in order to ensure that taxpayer dollars are not used to fund abortions, whether directly or indirectly,” the governor said in a statement.
“By signing this measure into law, I stand with the majority of Americans who oppose the use of taxpayer funds for abortion,” Brewer said.
Kansas, North Carolina and Texas have enacted similar legislation, while Indiana, New Jersey and Wisconsin have used their budget processes to bar funding for abortion providers, according to her office.
Before Brewer signed the bill into law, the political arm of Planned Parenthood Arizona slammed the measure, which it says will put the health of thousands at risk.
Besides operating clinics where abortions are performed, Planned Parenthood provides a range of health services including cancer screenings, birth control, vaccinations, sexual health education and health counseling.
“Many in the legislature will never know what it’s like to feel a lump in their breast and have to worry about the cost of a doctor’s visit,” said Bryan Howard, president and chief executive of Planned Parenthood Arizona.
“This is the reality with which many Arizona women are faced, at the hands of a legislature determined to reduce access to prevention care while pursuing its ideological political agenda,” he said.

Gov. Jan Brewer said she stands “with the majority of Americans” who she says oppose taxpayer-funded abortions.
So, basically, this is yet another case of political figures not understanding Planned Parenthood and only seeing them as “abortion clinics” thanks to their sensitive moral and religious stances on the topic.
And, terrifyingly enough, it’s a case of a woman joining the war against women. It honestly horrifies me that there are people out there who don’t believe that the GOP is indeed waging a war on women. It makes me feel small and frightened because according to those people, I deserve to have my rights and my individual autonomy stripped away. According to the rich, white, primarily conservative males, we deserve to lose this war.

brodinsons:

Arizona bans funding of Planned Parenthood

(CNN) — Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer has signed off on a bill that will prevent abortion providers like Planned Parenthood from receiving public funds in most cases, her office said.

“This is a common sense law that tightens existing state regulations and closes loopholes in order to ensure that taxpayer dollars are not used to fund abortions, whether directly or indirectly,” the governor said in a statement.

“By signing this measure into law, I stand with the majority of Americans who oppose the use of taxpayer funds for abortion,” Brewer said.

Kansas, North Carolina and Texas have enacted similar legislation, while Indiana, New Jersey and Wisconsin have used their budget processes to bar funding for abortion providers, according to her office.

Before Brewer signed the bill into law, the political arm of Planned Parenthood Arizona slammed the measure, which it says will put the health of thousands at risk.

Besides operating clinics where abortions are performed, Planned Parenthood provides a range of health services including cancer screenings, birth control, vaccinations, sexual health education and health counseling.

“Many in the legislature will never know what it’s like to feel a lump in their breast and have to worry about the cost of a doctor’s visit,” said Bryan Howard, president and chief executive of Planned Parenthood Arizona.

“This is the reality with which many Arizona women are faced, at the hands of a legislature determined to reduce access to prevention care while pursuing its ideological political agenda,” he said.

Gov. Jan Brewer said she stands “with the majority of Americans” who she says oppose taxpayer-funded abortions.

So, basically, this is yet another case of political figures not understanding Planned Parenthood and only seeing them as “abortion clinics” thanks to their sensitive moral and religious stances on the topic.

And, terrifyingly enough, it’s a case of a woman joining the war against women. It honestly horrifies me that there are people out there who don’t believe that the GOP is indeed waging a war on women. It makes me feel small and frightened because according to those people, I deserve to have my rights and my individual autonomy stripped away. According to the rich, white, primarily conservative males, we deserve to lose this war.

(via thesexuneducated)

— 1 year ago with 400 notes
#sex ed  #sex educatin  #feminism  #feminist 
Have I ever had “ANY unwanted/undesired physical or sexual contact”? →

Earlier in this pregnancy, I filled out my “Initial Health History” form for prenatal and birth care. You know: check the box if you’ve experienced severe headaches, diabetes, all sorts of things. After the usual “Emotional abuse,” “Physical abuse,” “Sexual abuse,” I got to this very interesting item: ”ANY unwanted/undesired physical or sexual contact.”

And I almost went blithely on without checking the box that means I’ve experienced it. Because nothing has happened to me, really, right? I’m supposed to feel lucky, right, given that I’m a woman in a culture where horrible things very often happen to girls and women? But then I actually thought for a second, and reality hit me.

I have been grabbed and forcefully kissed, open-mouthed, by a stranger while walking through a crowded club behind friends.

I have been groped and rubbed on while dancing at parties in college, at bars, at clubs: a parade of hard penises I most certainly did not want to feel. For a while, I went dancing at a bar where women could dance on the bar, because it was the only place I could figure out to enjoy dancing without getting felt up: being ogled and treated like I was likely to strip at any moment felt safer and less disgusting than the alternative. And I like dancing.

I have felt my ass grabbed and pinched and stroked on crowded city streets and public transit, from early adolescence on.

When I was fourteen, I hemorrhaged while menstruating, leading to a very early first gynecological exam. After putting her fingers inside my body as I lay–abjectly terrified and deeply ashamed, feet in stirrups–on the table, the doctor asked whether I was sexually active. And when I said no, she assumed I was lying. That was my first experience of another person touching my genitals, and while technically she had my consent, let’s just say it didn’t go well. Many years of nightmares, body shame, and bouts of anxiety ensued.

Between the ages of twelve and nineteen, I attracted a great deal of ‘fatherly’ attention from middle-aged men who stood too close to me, touched my shoulders for no apparent reason, moved me physically where they wanted to go rather than using their words.

I’ve had boyfriends repeatedly touch me sexually in ways they knew I didn’t like. Because they wanted to.

There was a professor in grad school who would stand way too close to me (and lots of other young women) at department functions, doing odd things like stroking my arm, leaving me quite unsure how to respond without harming my future as a student and as an academic.

When I was twenty-one, a married acquaintance in his forties asked me to meet up with him and a group of friends for a drink one evening. He was drunk when I got there. He licked my neck. When I left for my car (to get the hell out of there and see my new boyfriend, who incidentally was Eric), the man followed me outside, scaring the shit out of me. He stood there towering over me in the dark parking lot, me backing away from his closeness, as he tried to convince me to go with him to his car.

Just for instance.

I’d never envisioned these little experiences as part of a larger pattern before filling out that form. They’re just so ordinary. My mother and stepmother and friends and, I’m sure, students have experienced all of this shit, and are continuing to experience it–and much scarier and more scarring shit, too. Many of you have, and do, and will. In many senses I am lucky. Yet despite my comparatively good fortune and my considerable privilege–which I totally acknowledge–the truth is that each of these ‘little’ moments in my life articulated what quickly became a powerful theme:

Your body is not for you. Your body is for men’s pleasure.

And you are at risk, all the time.

When I checked the box next to this item on the form, curious five-year-old Noah asked what it meant. I read it to him, and he asked what it meant again. I said something like “Well, Erin wants to know whether anyone’s ever touched me in a way I didn’t want, like kissing me when I didn’t want that, and unfortunately that has happened to me. A lot. But not recently.”

He looked at me very seriously.

Then he gave me a serious smile and slowly, slowly, maintaining eye contact, gave me the gentlest kiss in the world, on my mouth.

I refuse to do the happy dance because I was fortunate enough not to be molested as a little girl and have not been violently raped. I refuse to be abjectly grateful for ‘getting off easy’ with the experiences I’ve mentioned here.

Because I deeply resent that they are normal.

Because I can hardly stand the thought of these constant erosions of personhood seeming normal to our daughters and sons.

But for this love and gentleness and compassion, I am infinitely grateful.

— 1 year ago with 2 notes
#link  #article  #feminism  #feminist  #sexual abuse  #sexual assault  #rape culture  #gender  #rape  #women  #men  #patriarchy 

storybook:

UAWOW Rally - Louisiana

Ashley Heyer, Southeast Louisiana Press Liaison for Unite Women, and Ashley Baggett, State Coordinator for Unite Women Louisiana, delivered the opening statements at the Baton Rouge Unite Women’s Rally held on April 28.

Ms. Heyer described her shock at the realization about just how much of the war on women is focused not on abortion, but on restricting birth control. The shock was intensified by the fact that members of her family have been physicians.

She introduced Ashley Baggett who recounted her own experience as a survivor of domestic abuse and how that experience changed her.

— 1 year ago with 2 notes
#abortion  #abortion rights  #uawow  #unite women  #unitewomen.org  #war on women  #pro-choice  #pro-life  #birth control  #planned parenthood  #louisiana  #baton rouge  #women  #women's rights  #rally  #feminism  #feminist  #southeast louisiana  #new orleans 
This is my final push. →

the-womanifesto:

the-womanifesto:

An art student at my school, Western Kentucky University, is getting tons of national heat right now for her own backlash against a pro-life group. The group covered an entire set of bleachers with 4,000 crosses and from the art classroom windows you could see that it spelled out the word “LIFE.” They also targeted students walking by and asked them questions about abortion and had a board up that said, “How do you justify abortion?” This went on for a full week. She, I and many others at my school felt voiceless and bombarded. She responded with an art piece for her class, which was covering the crosses in condoms. The university police did not interfere as it was a freedom of speech, but now my school administration is demanding a public apology from her and does not support her actions. She has so far refused to apologize, but nationally, there is no one on her side, especially since Fox News got involved.

Please read this blog post by a gender and women’s studies professor at WKU for more details and educated insight. Show support and show this student and my school that she does not owe an apology. We’re trying to make this viral enough to where we can get Rachel Maddow to pay attention and speak out about it. Help spread the word, reblog this post and let’s overtake the bigoted anti-choice voices that are attacking this student right now.

EDIT: There is now a petition that will be sent to the school. Please sign and spread this around!

I only need 30 signatures. 30! Please get this out, get it signed and let me wake up tomorrow to a completed petition.

(via the-womanifesto-deactivated2012)

— 1 year ago with 1318 notes
#abortion  #pro-choice  #wku  #western kentucky university  #petition  #feminist  #feminism  #women's rights  #contraception  #war on women  #freedom of speech  #first amendment  #free speech  #Art  #change.org  #petition 
Rush on Hillary’s success: “All she is is a secretary.”

the-womanifesto:

Today, Limbaugh turned his attention to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Limabugh said that Clinton “has reached a pinnacle and all she is is a secretary,” adding that the left has “the strangest definition of success.”

Limbaugh then said he was being prodded to talk about Clinton’s need to wear “Spanx,” but suggested she had a greater need for “Spankles.” Spanx are undergarments designed to reduce the visibility of body fat. Listen:

I wonder how many past male Secretaries of State he has  and how many of them he has ridiculed for their weight. Hey Rush, your misogyny is showing.

(via the-womanifesto-deactivated2012)

— 1 year ago with 23 notes
#rush  #rush limbaugh  #hillary clinton  #politics  #liberal  #misogyny  #sexism  #patriarchy  #feminism  #feminist 
Women-Owned Businesses (WOB) in the U.S.

iwillnotshavemyvagina:

28.7% of Businesses in the U.S. are owned by women.

Definitions:

Women-Owned Business:firms in which women own 51 percent or more of the equity, interest, or stock of the business.

Business owner:owns 51 percent or more of the equity, interest, or stock of the business.

Breakdown by Race:

81.61% of WOB are owned by white women.

11.70% of WOB are owned by black women.

6.71% of WOB are owned by Asian women.

1.24% of WOB are owned by Native American women.

Breakdown by Ethnicity:

89.78% of all WOB are owned by non-Hispanic women.

10.11% of all WOB are owned by Hispanic women.

Of All Businesses:

Only 2.91% of all business owners are Hispanic women.

Only 1.93% of all business owners are Asian women.

Only 3.37% of all business owners are black women.

Only 0.36% of all business owners are Native American women.

Sources: 2007 Survey of Business Owners. Read more about the survey at: http://www.census.gov/econ/sbo/about.html

All percentages (unless otherwise stated) were calculated using data from table SB0700CSA01: Statistics for All U.S. Firms by Industry, Gender, Ethnicity, and Race for the U.S., States, Metro Areas, Counties, and Places: 2007. You can find this table through American Factfinder on the U.S. census website (census.gov).

(Source: iwillnotshavemyvagina)

— 1 year ago with 22 notes
#feminism  #feminist  #USA  #equal rights  #gender equality  #race  #ethnicity  #racial disparities  #ethnic disparities