Women’s Health

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October 12, 2015

On Columbus Day, our October Health News You Can Use call featured the Director of Health Policy at the National Women’s Law Center, Karen Davenport, and the Vice President of Public Policy for Planned Parenthood of South, East, and North Florida and Executive Director for the Florida Alliance of Planned Parenthood Affiliates, Laura Goodhue. Our speakers addressed women’s health care needs, barriers, and advocacy strategies that can overcome the barriers.

Ms. Davenport started off recounting good news that the overall rate of uninsurance for women and girls across the U.S. is at an all-time low of 10 percent. The picture in Florida is not quite as rosy — with the American Community Survey reporting that 15.1 percent of women and girls in Florida remained uninsured in 2014. Florida not yet expanding Medicaid eligibility is likely the largest contributor to Florida’s higher rate of uninsurance for women. Additionally, on a national basis, Latinas have higher overall rates of uninsurance than the general population of women at 24 percent and Florida’s population has a slightly greater proportion of Hispanic or Latino residents (25.7 percent) as compared to the U.S. (23.5 percent).

But having insurance does not guarantee that women are receiving the necessary health care services. High plan deductibles and cost-sharing keep some insured women from obtaining the care they need. The National Women’s Law Center produced a report describing the problems women are having getting their preventive health services as required by the Affordable Care Act. Check out the report to learn how what services you or the women you love should be receiving without any charges at the providers’ offices.

Ms. Goodhue described the preventive services like family planning, cancer screening, prenatal care, and treatment for sexually transmitted infections that Planned Parenthood offers to insured and uninsured women throughout Florida. She also pointed out that Planned Parenthood provides health services to men. Across the nation, a loss of Planned Parenthood as a provider of these services has the potential to limit access to essential health care for 2.7 million Americans. Planned Parenthood helps to organize grassroots efforts to ensure continued access to health services and safeguard that women can continue to make health decisions with counsel of their providers and without intrusion by unnecessary legislative actions.

We also mentioned on the call that October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and that October 20 is World Osteoporosis Day.

Listen to this Health News You Can Use recording: