Health Policy Affects Your Health
Decisions made by local, state and federal policymakers can directly affect your health. That's why HealthyWomen's Policy Center offers objective information and resources about policy topics we've identified as priorities for women's health.
Because your voice matters.
In 2018, our nationwide WomenTalk® survey asked women to share their views on a range of health-related topics. Today these results are helping to inform our work, engage our partners, and importantly, keep you updated on health-policy issues that may affect your health, including Access to Care, Affordability, Preventive Care, Chronic Conditions & Policy, Opioid Use Disorder, Medication Safety, and Medical Research & Clinical Trials.
HealthyWomen Policy Center Resources
The Policy Statements page has policy statements, comment letters, articles and other documents which are written by HealthyWomen experts and partners about policy priorities for women's health. These statements typically respond to proposed state or federal legislation or government rules that may affect women's health.
The Take Action page page provides information on how to your elected and appointed officials to let them know your health and health care matters.
Our Women's Health Facts and Perspectives report offers insight for women, policy makers, the media and others seeking to understand the fundamentals of women's health issues. Use data and links in this resource as a starting point for policy perspectives and advocacy needs associated with women's health.
And, as always, we want to hear from you about your questions about health policy. Please send any comments to.
In the news
Women are twice as likely to suffer from PTSD as men and yet in the media it is still associated primarily with active-duty servicemembers and veterans. share
Women who are subject to violence – often from intimate partners – are more likely to turn to opioids or other substances leading to further health and life problems, including increased risk for HIV infection. share
While California has comprehensive state laws to limit surprise billing from hospitals, patients still get very high surprise bills for emergency care and the state is looking to close that loophole – and create a model for Federal legislation. share
Products with CBD (cannabidiol) are being widely sold, but there are unknown risks to the health of women, breast-feeding infants, or a developing fetus. share
Congress is working to strengthen legislation that requires health insurance companies to treat mental health benefits like physical health ones. share
Insurance companies sometimes try to cut costs by substituting less expensive drugs for a specific drug prescription. That's raising problems in many cases, and actually causing harm. share
Treatment of Opioid Use Disorder in California with Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) has increased through greater use of Buprenorphine – one of two major medicines used to treat OUD. share
Most Americans say the government should take action to prevent surprise medical bills. Here is what Congress is doing to fight them. share
African-American women aging with HIV often have histories of abuse and trauma, in addition to other medical conditions. A few share their stories. share
Health reform proposals like Medicare-for-all or Single Payer would shift around the health care system and could produce cost savings, but those savings would in part come from the elimination of jobs for insurance brokers, hospital staff, and others. share