National Council of Jewish Women
1707 L Street NW, Suite 950
Washington, DC 20036-4206
Contact: Brianne Nadeau
NCJW Welcomes Opening of Health Insurance Marketplace to Help More Women, Families Access Affordable Coverage
October 1, 2013, Washington, DC — The National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) celebrates the start of the health insurance marketplace today, created under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). NCJW worked in coalition to support passage of this landmark law and has continued to press for the law to be implemented in a way that works for women and families.
“NCJW welcomes the opening of the health insurance marketplace as a important day for women, who have had to forego access to health care due to cost for far too long,” NCJW CEO Nancy K. Kaufman said. “The marketplace will allow many of the nearly 1 in 5 women between the ages of 15-44 who are uninsured the ability to access affordable health care, perhaps for the first time, which is good for women’s health and for their economic security.”
NCJW was one of the leading faith voices speaking out for contraceptive coverage for all women under the law. “The marketplace ensures that millions of women will have coverage of preventive services like birth control, annual exams, domestic violence and cervical cancer screenings without added cost,” continued Kaufman. “For NCJW, ensuring coverage of contraceptive services is key not only to help women and their families stay healthy, but also to ensure women can make their own decisions regarding birth control, based on their own religious or moral views. This important health care benefit is being challenged in the courts by those who seek to impose their religious beliefs on others. NCJW continues to believe that all women, no matter where they work, should have access to the benefit.”
NCJW grassroots leaders are educating their communities about the improved access to quality, affordable coverage that individuals may now have through the marketplace. In Sacramento, California, NCJW advocates created and distributed educational flyers about accessing coverage through their new state insurance marketplace.
And across the country, NCJW has supported state Medicaid expansion under the ACA. Advocates have mobilized their communities at rallies, through online activities, and by sending letters to their governors. In June, NCJW’s board of directors called on state legislatures to take up the expansion and ensure health coverage access for individuals and families struggling to make ends meet.
The organization will continue its work educating individuals about how the ACA impacts them. NCJW is committed to seeing the law take full effect and to advocating for improvements so one day no one will suffer health or economic consequences for lack of regular access to health care.
The National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) is a grassroots organization of volunteers and advocates who turn progressive ideals into action. Inspired by Jewish values, NCJW strives for social justice by improving the quality of life for women, children, and families and by safeguarding individual rights and freedoms.
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