Teen Feminists Really Do Care About the Budget

By Talia Weisberg

I had the amazing opportunity to participate in a NOW webinar moderated by Terry O’Neill, President of NOW, “The Budget Deal is a Feminist Issue.” The webinar discussed how Paul Ryan’s (R-WI) 2012 budget deal would cut several social services. Programs on the chopping block include Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, Planned Parenthood and other family planning clinics, Pell grants, job training, Head Start, childcare programs, and WIC nutrition programs. Women are overrepresented in each of these program’s recipient pools.

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Budget Battles and Medicaid: Reframing the Debate

By Melissa Stevenson

As an ever-growing proportion of state budgets and the second biggest state expenditure after education, Medicaid presents itself as an easy target when budget cuts are imminent. Wider Opportunities for Women’s recent webinar on June 30th, “Budget Battles: Threats to Medicaid,” summarized the threats posed to Medicaid with presentations from Angela Shubert and Jen Beeson from Families USA, Renata Pore from the West Virginia Center for Budget and Policy, and Andy McDonald of BerlinRosen Public Affairs. The webinar discussion delved into how advocates can shift the perception of Medicaid among politicians and the public by reframing the conversation surrounding the Medicaid program.

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Protecting Programs for Low-Income People in Deficit Reduction Plans Is Vital to Women and Their Families

 This report explains why the principle that any deficit reduction plan must protect programs for low-income people and not increase poverty is critical for women and their families.  It provides specific information about the importance of programs such as Medicaid, child care assistance, Head Start, SNAP, WIC, TANF, SSI, Pell grants, rental assistance, LIHEAP, and many others to protect women’s health, provide supports for children, improve nutrition, maintain income and work supports, expand educational opportunities, and make housing more affordable.


NCRW Fact Sheet: Immigrant Women--Access to Health Insurance, Healthcare and Public Services

Immigrant women face particular hardship in accessing basic health and other vital services due to a series of legal, social and cultural barriers that prevent them from exercising their civil rights. More efforts need to be focused at the local, state and national levels to ensure that their needs are recognized and addressed.

NCRW Fact Sheet: Access to Affordable Healthcare

Affordable and quality health insurance and care are fundamental for women and families to enable them to lead full and productive lives.

Reinvesting in Women and Families: Developing an Economy for the Future (Summit October 2010)

Economic Security Summit
October 8, 2010

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