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

e principles for women's health in health care reform: Health care reform must cover everyone; guarantee benefits; engage employers, individuals and governments; build on the strengths of our private-public financing and delivery system; make coverage affordable; and enhance quality and patient safety," said Kenneth L. Noller, MD, MS, Immediate Past President of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.

"As we seek ways to improve health outcomes, reduce disparities and enhance quality of life in our nation, it is essential that our nation reform our health system in a manner that builds upon the strong public health foundation required for success," said Georges C. Benjamin, MD, FACP, FACEP (E), executive director of the American Public Health Association. "Looking at women's health in particular, it is critical that all women have access to comprehensive health services, including preventative care, and that they are supported in making healthy choices throughout the various stages of their lives."

The resolution commits Congress to passing, within 18 months of adopting the resolution, legislation that guarantees health care for women and all individuals and establishes coverage that enables women to attain good health that they can maintain during their reproductive years and throughout their lives. The Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health report is available at http://www.mailmanschool.org/facultypubs/womenshealthcarereform.pdf.


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