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Congressional Leaders, Public Health Experts Announce New Framework to Promote Women's Health
Date:2/11/2009

Senator Stabenow, Congresswoman Schakowsky Introduce Congressional Resolution to Make Women's Concerns Central to National Health Reform Debate

WASHINGTON, Feb. 11 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), House Democratic Co-Chair of the Congressional Caucus on Women's Issues Jan Schakowsky (D-IL), and other Congressional leaders introduced a resolution today that outlines a new framework for women's health and will make women's needs a key part of the national health reform debate. They were joined at a Capitol Hill press conference by Josef Reum, Dean of The George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services; Dr. Kenneth L. Knoller, Gynecologist-In-Chief of Tufts Medical Center from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists; Georges C. Benjamin, MD, FACP, FACEP (E), executive director of the American Public Health Association; experts from Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health; and other leading health care and women's organizations.

"Women are the gatekeepers of their families' health. If we are serious about keeping children and families healthy, we must focus more attention on keeping women healthy," said Senator Stabenow. "Women must have affordable health care that they can rely on through their life transitions, including starting a family, working part-time or full-time, divorce, or caring for a sick or elderly parent."

"Any debate on national healthcare reform must address the healthcare needs of women who are often the primary caregivers and decision makers for their families," said Representative Schakowsky. "We know that women face exceptional challenges and have a very personal stake in fixing our broken health care system -- they know we need to act now. The current economic crisis is not an excuse for delay; it is a persuasive argument for an immediate response. As the Democratic Co-Chair of
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