Tuesday, December 2, 2008

I was going to write "I've Got Nothing" but then...

I opened my hotmail box, the one where all my social work subscriptions and job related information goes. I found this jewel. The first link will take you to the download page and the second link will take you to the full 246 page pdf.

Reform Matters Toolkit

"Women's advocates can play an integral role in making sure that health reform plans address women-specific needs and the challenges that women face in the health care system. Building on the National Women's Law Center's longstanding work on women’s health and health care coverage, the Reform Matters Toolkit provides the resources women's advocates need to be full participants in the health care reform movement and policy debates at the state and national levels. The toolkit explores various health care reform proposals and their impact on women's access to comprehensive, affordable, quality care."

Reform Matters Toolkit pdf

Table of Contents

On the first link's page there is a place to sign up to receive updates to the toolkit as they are published.

You might also be interested in NWLC's Women and Medicaid Toolkit for Advocates.

"Medicaid is a critical source of insurance for low-income women. It covers one-third of all poor women in the U.S., and 40% of single mothers. Over 70% of adult beneficiaries are women, and women are twice as likely as men to qualify for Medicaid coverage. In other words: advocating for Medicaid means advocating for women’s health. Expanding and protecting access to Medicaid is integral to ensuring broader access to health care for low-income women and reducing income-based health disparities.

This toolkit provides a general overview of the ways Medicaid provides health care to women, including analysis of program barriers and select states’ eligibility guidelines, and offers a framework for advocacy. Specifically, the toolkit focuses on the unique challenges associated with low-income women’s access to health care, and offers policy solutions to improving health outcomes and access to care for this population. Almost 18% of women ages 18 to 64 remain uninsured, and over 35% of women with incomes below 200 percent of the Federal Poverty Level lack health insurance. To improve the health of low-income women, we must advocate for an expanded Medicaid program."

Lastly, you might want to add Womenstake to your blogroll.


  1. thanks for this important info...passing it on...

    and tell me why i have to type in to secret "words" to post my comments...huh, huh, huh...:)

  2. it's nothing personal :) it's a protection device to keep the spammers and the webcrawler robot thingy's from invading my blog. :)it seems to work. i've only been spammed a couple of times in 18 months. i would refer you to reas's blog where you could see what happens when you get spammed by an idiot but i think she has already taken them all off. it was pretty bad. anyway i was going to tell you that i remember my aunt making meringue that way, with the spoons. she also used to make what she called candy but i think was taffy. all i remember of it was her pouring it all out on the table and then helping her pull it, over and over. i don't even remember eating it :) but i'm sure i loved it.

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