Women's Health Must Be a Priority

Women's issues play a major role in the health of the nation and should be a key consideration for policymakers as they design and set up the new insurance exchanges, according to a report co-authored by policy experts at the George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services. The report offers a checklist for the state-based health insurance exchanges with the goal of helping ensure that women, children and family members can get the services they need to prevent costly and debilitating medical problems.

A release from the university quotes co-author Susan F. Wood, PhD as saying, "Women often use a greater range of health services over a lifetime; they may also shoulder higher annual medical costs and often act as coordinators of health care for entire families. This report identifies some of the major issues that states will need to consider if they are to provide the kinds of services that can keep millions of American women and their families healthy."

The Jacobs Institute of Women's Health, at SPHHS, The Kaiser Family Foundation and the Connors Center for Women's Health and Gender Biology at the Brigham & Women's Hospital all worked together to produce the report, "Ensuring the Health Care Needs of Women: A Checklist for Health Exchanges." This report and checklist include resources from a wide range of organizations that focus on the implementation of health care reform, which can be found at a new website: http://www.womenandhealthreform.org.

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