On May 15, Rep. Ami Bera (D-CA) reintroduced the Women's Preventive Health Awareness Campaign Act (H.R. 2355), which would create a national public outreach and educational campaign to raise patient and provider awareness of women's preventive health. The bill codifies a variety of principles including the importance of well-woman exams and access to reproductive health and maternal care.Hadassah is a proud endorser of the legislation.
Urge your Representatives to become a cosponsor of the Women's Preventive Health Awareness Campaign.
Preventive health promotes wellness, disease prevention, early detection – empowering women and men with knowledge to make appropriate and informed medical decisions for themselves and their families.
With the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, new resources are available for optimal health, the foundation of which is preventive care. Women now have access to a multitude of preventive services – from cancer and chronic condition screenings to vaccinations, sexual health and pregnancy services, and healthy behaviors counseling. Yet four in ten women are unaware of services covered by the new health care laws.
Furthermore, though a majority of women receive checkups, the opportunity for preventive counseling is often missed. Care providers are often at a loss as to what to include in preventive health care visits and services are often fragmented between family medicine practices, OB-GYNs, pediatricians, and others. This requires women to be educated consumers on behalf of themselves and their families.
Click here to learn more from Hadassah's 2015 Women & Health Fact Sheet.
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