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In the News

As a service to our supporters, we will periodically post news items of interest regarding women's health.

May 7, 2010

Out of the Shadows - Women and Lung Cancer

The Out of the Shadows: Report on Women and Lung Cancer presented by Brigham and Women’s Hospital’s Women’s Health Policy and Advocacy Program at the Connors Center for Women’s Health and Gender Biology in partnership with Lung Cancer Alliance, brings lung cancer out of the shadows by providing the most current and comprehensive overview of women’s biggest unmet public health challenge: lung cancer.

“As a doctor and as the sister of Dana Reeve, a woman who never smoked and who died of lung cancer at age 44, I see lung cancer as the biggest unmet women’s public health challenge we face today,” said Deborah Morosini, MD, pathologist and LCA Board Member.

For more information, visit http://www.lungcanceralliance.org/shadows/.

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June 10, 2009

Resources Examine Racial and Ethnic Disparities Among Women at the State Level
A decade after U.S. Surgeon General David Satcher called for the elimination of racial disparities in health, women of color in every state continue to fare worse than white women on a variety of measures of health and health care access.

The Kaiser Family Foundation has created a package of resources, including a comprehensive report, state fact sheets, and interactive data tables, that illuminate and document the persistence of disparities on 25 indicators between white women and women of color, including rates of diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, AIDS and cancer, and access to health insurance and health screenings.

The resources move beyond national statistics to provide a rare look at state-level variations, quantifying where disparities are greatest. Also available are state-level data for women of many racial and ethnic populations that are often difficult to obtain.
To download the full report, Putting Women's Health Care Disparities On The Map: Examining Racial and Ethnic Disparities at the State Level, state fact sheets, and to view an online video, please visit:

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October 31, 2007

Medicaid's Role in Family Planning

Medicaid is the largest source of public funding for family planning services in the United States, financing contraceptive services for millions of low-income women.

Twelve percent of women of reproductive age rely on Medicaid for their care, ranging from 6% of women in Nevada and New Hampshire to 24% of women in Maine. Over the past decade and a half, 26 states have initiated special programs that extend family planning services to low-income individuals who are not otherwise eligible for Medicaid.

This updated issue brief by the Guttmacher Institute and the Kaiser Family Foundation reviews Medicaid’s part in financing and providing access to family planning services for low-income women across the nation.

To download a .pdf copy of the full issue brief, "Medicaid’s Role in Family Planning," please visit  http://www.kff.org/womenshealth/7064.cfm


July 26, 2007

An April 2007 issue brief published by the Commonwealth Fund examines affordability of health insurance for women.  The authors, Elizabeth M. Patchias, M.P.P., and Judy Waxman, note:

Although men and women have some similar challenges with regard to health insurance, women face unique barriers to becoming insured. More significantly, women have greater difficulty affording health care services even once they are insured. On average, women have lower incomes than men and therefore have greater difficulty paying premiums. Women also are less likely than men to have coverage through their own employer and more likely to obtain coverage through their spouses; are more likely than men to have higher out-of-pocket health care expenses; and use more health care services than men and consequently are in greater need of comprehensive coverage. Proposals for improving health policy need to address these disparities.

To download a .pdf copy of the full issue brief, "Women and Health Coverage: The Affordability Gap," please visit http://www.commonwealthfund.org/publications/publications_show.htm?doc_id=478513.


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