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Access to Abortion Coverage and Health Reform

This brief summarizes the major insurance coverage provisions of the ACA that are relevant for women of reproductive age, reviews current federal and state policies on abortion coverage and how they may be modified under health reform, and discusses the potential impact of the federal legislation on women’s access to abortion coverage.

Adolescent Health: Coverage and Access to Care

This issue brief provides a broad-based grounding in adolescent health and related policy by examining access to health services for adolescents, their insurance coverage, and the role of state and federal policies in shaping access to care. The brief also discusses how implementation of the the health reform law may affect health coverage, access, and incentives to use preventive care for adolescents.

Putting Women’s Health Care Disparities On The Map: Examining Racial and Ethnic Disparities at the State Level

This Kaiser Family Foundation report documents the persistence of disparities between white women and women of color across the country. It provides a rare and comprehensive state-level look at disparities among women of different races and ethnicities on a broad range of indicators of health and well-being, including rates of diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, AIDS and cancer, and access to health insurance and health screenings.

The Pill: From Prescription to Over the Counter

A summary of the research and opinions of leading reproductive health experts on the pros and cons of making oral contraceptives available “over the counter” without a doctor’s prescription. This publication was produced as part of the Kaiser Forums program, an ongoing series of issue-specific briefings at which policy makers,…

National Survey Results on Public Knowledge/Opinions and OB/GYN Practice/Attitudes on Emergency Contraceptives

(“Morning-After Pills”)Findings reveal that most American women with the potential of experiencing an unplanned pregnancy are uninformed or misinformed about the “morning-after” pill, an emergency contraceptive option currently available in the United States that can prevent a potential pregnancy up to 72 hours after unprotected sex. A separate survey finds…

The Growth of Managed Care: Are Women Getting What They Need?

How the Changing Health Care Marketplace Affects Coverage and Access to Reproductive HealthA fact sheet, Q&A and resource list prepared for a media briefing held in New York on March 27, 1996. The purpose of the briefing was to respond to questions about how reproductive health services are currently delivered…

Early Sexual Experiences: How Voluntary? How Violent?

Edward Laumann, Ph.D., Department of Sociology, University of Chicago, shares findings from the 1994 National Health and Social Life Survey, which suggest that having a violent or coercive first sexual experience is not as rare an occurrence as had been previously believed. Seminar participants — experts on sexuality and sexual…