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The Peril of Working While Pregnant

Peggy Young (no relation) had been a UPS employee for about a decade when she got pregnant.  Like most of us, she assumed there’d be no problem at work.  Her pregnancy was in no way unusual.  Everybody knew you couldn’t discriminate against pregnant workers.  We had the protection of the Pregnancy Discrimination Act, which had been [...]

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Keeping A-”Breast” of the New Health Care Law

Keeping A-”Breast” of the New Health Care Law

A big change in public policy could bring mothers and their new babies much closer from now on. As of January 1, a provision of the Affordable Care Act, the health reform legislation passed by Congress in 2010, now requires that health insurers cover the cost of  breast pumps and lactation services for new moms. Before [...]

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Blunt Amendment, women's reproductive rights

Between Your Navel and Your Knees

Let’s  take a moment to review the current state of American women’s access to the full range of reproductive health services.  It keeps popping up in the media, and it’s no mystery why.  Although everyone says the economy is the priority during this election year, politicians know that “social issues” like reproductive rights and same sex marriage get more media [...]

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Women’s Empowerment in an Age of Illness, Part 2

This is the second of a two part series by guest blogger, Ginger Garner, an educator and expert in medical therapeutic yoga and women’s health. Her full bio can be found in the introduction to Part 1. In the last post, I discussed the health related reasons that cause women to be put at a [...]

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Childbirth as a Pre-Existing Condition

The National Women’s Law Center report “Nowhere to Turn: How the Individual Health Insurance Market Fails Women” exposes the use of gender ratings and “pre-existing conditions” to make healthcare more costsly for women and deny them necessary services. The report states, in part: Insurance companies can reject applicants for health coverage for a variety of [...]

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Women and Healthcare – We’ve Got More Skin In The Game

It’s tempting to just screen out all the noise and hoopla about healthcare reform. The TV glows with dozens of “experts” nattering on and on. Newspapers are full of charts and graphs. One group yells, another group yells louder. It would be easy to shrug your shoulders, say it’s a mess, and look away. It [...]

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