We’re fighting to protect women’s health. Here’s how you can help!
As the world grapples with the devastating health and economic impacts of COVID-19, our mission to expand and improve health care is more important than ever. At the National Women’s Health Network, we’re taking steps to help prevent the virus’s spread while still fighting to improve the health of women in all their diversities.
In the near-term, NWHN staff are temporarily transitioning to full-time work from home status. We have canceled non-essential work travel and will be practicing additional social distancing measures to ensure the safety of our staff and to center the needs of those most vulnerable to serious infection.
But we haven’t stopped fighting for you! Since our founding more than four decades ago, the NWHN has always worked to protect the health of women and their families. This crisis is a tragic reminder of why our work on the front lines to protect, expand, and improve health care and to pressure policymakers to make decisions based on science and evidence, not on profit or fear or ideology, is absolutely critical.
As we look ahead to what is likely to be an extended period of social and economic disruption, we are:
- fighting for Medicaid expansion in non-expansion states to close the coverage gap through our Raising Women’s Voices campaign
- fighting to make coverage accessible to everyone, regardless of immigration status
- publicizing the ways that the pandemic may fall hardest on women, who are more likely to serve as caretakers and health care workers
- shining a light on the consequences of pandemic for reproductive health care when pregnant people still have to physically collect abortion pills in person or go to a clinic for a birth control prescription
We’re also pushing our elected officials to take bold action now to:
- mandate paid sick and family leave
- increase Medicaid funding for states
- protect service workers as social gatherings are closed or canceled
- provide unemployment and food assistance
- ensure free testing and treatment
- and protect health care workers and their families
You can help by calling the U.S. Capitol Switchboard at (202) 224-3121 and telling your senators to support bold action in the face of this looming public health threat.
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