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Raising Women's Voices for the health care we need.

Earlier in this issue you read about some of our Raising Women's Voices (RWV) Regional Coordinators, and our most exciting RWV news: the launch of Cover our Families: A Community Organizing & Advocacy Toolkit! But that's not the only area where we've been hard at work. In the spring, RWV released a research brief and hosted a webinar for advocates and policymakers about Medicaid Expansion waiver provisions' impact on women's health.

More than 30 states have expanded Medicaid for citizens with incomes up to 138 percent of the Federal Poverty Level, and most have done so as envisioned by the Affordable Care Act. Six states, however, have expanded coverage through a waiver process that allows them to impose a host of additional barriers to care. These include charging premiums and copays above current thresholds, limiting when coverage begins, denying coverage to individuals who miss payments, eliminating transportation support, and more. And several states that originally expanded Medicaid without these onerous barriers--e.g. Arizona, Kentucky, Ohio--are trying to reverse this progress after changes in their political leadership. Our brief details why women are particularly vulnerable to policymakers' decisions during the waiver process. The report is available at tinyurl.com/ RWVresearch.

We also launched the Spanish-language version of our popular health literacy guide, My Health, My Voice. Cecilia Saenz Becerra, the NWHN's Regional Field Manager for RWV, took the lead in ensuring that Mi Salud, Mi Voz was as precise, accessible, and culturally competent as possible for Spanish-speaking women, using the principles of language justice in the translation and approach to the overall guide. The guide will be available on the RWV website (www.raisingwomensvoices.net) later this spring.

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Title Annotation:The Network In Action
Publication:Women's Health Activist
Date:May 1, 2016
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