Listen to women’s health needs amid COVID

Above all, women want a health system that supports them and addresses cost and access barriers. Indeed, this new poll found that Congress pursuing one-size-fits-all policies to reduce the cost of health care remains a concern for women. While reducing prescription drug costs is key to making health care more affordable and accessible to Americans, it’s clearly only part of the solution.

Ultimately, women want the best care for their families, especially access to quality care and lifesaving prescription drugs. Rather than taking an all-encompassing path to cut costs through single-sector policies, Congress should take a more holistic approach by eliminating roadblocks such as surprise medical bills after emergency hospital visits. , the middlemen who drain consumer savings at the pharmacy counter and prevent insurers from pricing underserved populations out of health care.

While tackling the cost of health care is essential, we must also continue to invest in research for women’s health, including finding cures for life-threatening diseases like breast and ovarian cancer. According to the American Cancer Society, approximately 13,700 women will die from ovarian cancer and 43,600 women will die from breast cancer this year. Congress should listen to the vast majority of women who believe that investing in women’s health research and supporting families with young children are of the utmost importance.

Without action from leaders in Washington, America’s health care system would ultimately fail the women who held this country upside down during a global pandemic.

Women deserve to have their voices heard, especially when it comes to health care and economic recovery. Only then can we safeguard our future health and that of our families.

Candace Waterman is President and CEO of Women Impacting Public Policy, a nonpartisan organization that advocates for women entrepreneurs. She wrote this for

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