Recent proposed changes to healthcare are especially harmful to women. Removing provisions for mental health parity and pre-existing conditions will especially hurt women the most.
Women are twice as likely as men to suffer from depression. Women are also three times as likely to be diagnosed with bipolar disorder and three times as likely to attempt suicide during their reproductive years. Alarmingly, a report by the National Institute on Drug Abuse reports that women are just as likely as men to become addicted and more susceptible to craving and relapse.
For far too long women have been denied access to care and coverage because of provisions against pre-existing conditions and attempts by lawmakers to limit healthcare options. Despite years of progress in healthcare equality, several proposed laws contain language that will once again put women at a disadvantage.
It's time to break the cycle!
Coverage for mental health care helps women get treatment when they need it—and helps people stay in school, on the job, and in recovery. Under current proposals in Congress, people would lose important insurance safeguards and some insurance plans would no longer have to cover mental health and substance use care.
Write your legislator and tell them to improve access to mental health care and coverage, not take it away! We just need few pieces of information to connect you with representatives.