I cannot believe how quickly this summer is flying by! I had a wonderful time celebrating the July 4th holiday with family and friends and had a chance to unwind a little bit. I hope you did too because we have a lot of work ahead of us!
After the Supreme Court's decision in the Hobby Lobby case, women's reproductive health policy appears to be grounded in ideology, not sound health policy. More companies are lining up to restrict women's access to forms of contraception their employers find objectionable. As nurses, we need to speak out and be the advocates our patients need!
Nurses fought to push governors and state legislatures to accept the federal funds set aside to expand healthcare coverage to those individuals and families struggling just above the poverty line. A new White House report shows what opportunities were lost in the 24 states where elected officials placed politics over people. Just one of the statistics that stuck out to me--if those states would accept Medicaid funds, as many as 7 million more women could access healthcare for preventive screenings. We know that having access to healthcare when you need it leads to better care and healthier lives and we are committed to sharing this information and continuing this fight!