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House Seeks to Pass a Total Ban on Abortions

WASHINGTON, DC (October 31, 2017) This week, the House of Representatives’ Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing to discuss a bill that would require mandatory ultrasounds for women seeking abortions and would prevent women from obtaining abortions as early as six weeks. Under the “Heartbeat Protection Act of 2017,” health care providers who perform an
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BWHI’s ChangemakeHERS: My Sister’s Keeper National Policy Summit

OCTOBER 16, 2017- WASHINGTON, DC-The Black Women’s Health Imperative’s My Sister’s Keeper (MSK) program is announcing its first National Policy Summit in Washington, DC from October 23-25, 2017. Co-sponsored by Congresswoman Joyce Hannah Beatty (D-OH), Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke (D-NY), and the Congressional Caucus on Black Women and Girls, BWHI will host 42 college students
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New cervical cancer screening recommendations put black women’s lives at risk

While we have made tremendous strides with the Affordable Care Act, black women in the United States are dying from cervical cancer, also known as “the silent killer,” at more than two times the rate of white women. Moreover, black women are more likely to be diagnosed at later stages with more aggressive forms of cervical
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Trump Administration Policy Will Destroy Access to Affordable Birth Control

WASHINGTON, DC (October 6, 2017). Today, the Trump Administration released a rule which allows any employer, school, or other entity with not only a religious objection, but also a moral objection, to covering contraceptives in their health insurance plans. The Affordable Care Act (ACA) mandates that all insurance plans provide contraceptives at no out-of-pocket cost
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House Plans to Pass Abortion Bill That Will Hurt Black Women’s Reproductive Health

WASHINGTON, DC (October 2, 2017) This week, the House of Representatives plans to vote on a bill that would prevent women from obtaining an abortion at or after 20 weeks of pregnancy. Under the “Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act,” medical providers who perform an abortion at or after 20 weeks of pregnancy could face a
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BWHI Submits Letter for Record for Senate Hearing on Graham-Cassidy Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. (September 25, 2017) Today, the Senate Committee on Finance will hold the only congressional hearing on the Graham-Cassidy proposal—the latest proposal to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA).  The Black Women’s Health Imperative (BWHI) submitted a letter for the record to reiterate the devastating impact that this proposal would have not just on
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Newest Repeal Bill Is Yet Another Attack On Black Women’s Health

WASHINGTON, DC (September 19, 2017)This past week Senators Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Bill Cassidy (R-LA) introduced a bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The bill, referred to as the Graham-Cassidy bill, contains much of the same harmful provisions that were included in previous efforts by the House and Senate to repeal the ACA.
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Trump Administration Attacks ACA By Cutting Essential Funding

WASHINGTON, D.C. (September 1, 2017) Yesterday, the Trump Administration slashed millions of dollars from the government’s budget that were intended to support the promotion of the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) upcoming annual open enrollment period, slated to begin on November 1. These funds were to be used to support marketing efforts and the hiring of
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BWHI Takes a Stand Against Racial Violence

Washington, DC (August 17, 2017) BWHI stands against any kind of racism, bigotry, and intolerance, as was evidenced in the hate filled violence last week in Charlottesville, Virginia. We offer our condolences to the family of Heather Heyer, a young woman who attended the rally to stand in support of the marginalized, and against the
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Maternity Care Under ACA Repeal

Implications for Black Women’s Maternal Health co-written by Christy M. Gamble and Jamila Taylor This article was originally published on https://www.americanprogress.org/ The Affordable Care Act (ACA) has been instrumental in providing affordable, quality health care to millions of American women. In fact, since the implementation of the ACA, about 13 million women have gained access to maternity
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Senate’s Health Care Bill Is Bad For Black Women

After weeks of secret meetings between a handful of senators, Senate leadership has released its draft version of the House-passed plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA), and it means bad news for Black women’s health.  “The Senate’s Better Care Reconciliation Act is a half-hearted attempt to improve the House-passed Affordable Health
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What the AHCA Means for Black Women’s Health

Thanks to the nonpartisan Office of Congressional Budget Office (CBO), we now have a better understanding of how the House-passed version of the American Health Care Act (AHCA) will affect men, women and children in America, and it doesn’t look good. Here are some of the key findings in the report: 14 million more people
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Trump’s Budget Is Yet Another Attack on Black Women’s Health

The Black Women’s Health Imperative Criticizes the President’s Proposed Budget President Donald J. Trump’s fiscal year 2018 budget request shows his continued disregard for the health and well-being of women, particularly low-income women and women of color. What the administration refers to as ‘net savings’ is actually an attempt to dismantle the social safety net
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Religious Freedom Executive Order Allows Denial of Life-Saving Services for Black Women

On the same day the House of Representatives voted to dismantle the Affordable Care Act (ACA), President Donald Trump signed and issued an executive order that would hinder access to health care services guaranteed under the current law. This executive order would allow businesses, organizations and educational institutions to object to providing access to life-saving
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House Vote to Repeal ACA Endangers Health of Black Women & Girls

Black Women’s Health Imperative Calls on Senate to Protect Our Access to Health Care WASHINGTON, DC (May 4, 2017) Today was a blow to Black women’s health. The House of Representatives put the health of Black women and girls, and millions more Americans, at risk by passing a bill to replace the Affordable Care Act
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