Lois Uttley, Director of The Mergerwatch Project–and HCFANY member–wrote a fascinating article about women and health reform that highlight these grim facts:
– Women are losing job-based insurance at a rapid clip: the numbers of uninsured women rose from 18 million in 1999 to more that 21 million in 2008.
– The number of women using government-sponsored health insurance (like Medicaid) is at an eight-year high of 29.8%.
– Women of color are disproportionately uninsured: Uninsured rates for Hispanic, Black, and Asian-American women are 28.9%, 17.9%, and 15.7% respectively.
Lois urges the electorate and policy makers to incorporate women's health needs into the health reform conversation. For the full article, please see: www.rhrealitycheck.org