Proactive Policy

Stopping Fake Clinics’ Deceptive Practices in Hartford, CT

2017-12-23T13:52:42-05:00December 23rd, 2017|Impact, Proactive Policy on Abortion Access|

In 2017, NIRH supported a partnership between NARAL Pro-Choice Connecticut and Hartford GYN Center, a long standing health care provider in the Hartford community, to educate and mobilize a grassroots base about the harms caused by so-called crisis pregnancy centers or fake women’s health centers in their community. This was based in part on a [...]

Increasing Access to Immediate Postpartum LARC in New Mexico, Tennessee, & Utah

2019-06-19T16:46:34-04:00December 18th, 2017|Access to Contraception, Impact, Proactive Policy|

NIRH is committed to expanding access to underutilized forms of contraception, including IUDs and implants. Though offering immediate postpartum LARC  to patients who want this method is considered a best practice, barriers including policy, reimbursement, and lack of education for both providers and patients, and the challenges of implementing this service, have made it so [...]

Engaging Hospitals Across New Mexico and Utah in the Implementation of Immediate Postpartum LARC

2019-06-19T16:46:34-04:00December 18th, 2017|Access to Contraception, Impact, Proactive Policy|

Implementation is an integral part of expanding access to contraceptive coverage after successful advocacy for a policy change. Too often, a new policy is passed but its enactment is limited due to the difficulty that comes with vital work like ensuring that systems are created or updated and key stakeholders and informed and educated. As [...]

Passing a Resolution to Support Abortion Coverage in Public Insurance Programs in Pittsburgh, PA

2017-11-20T15:28:23-05:00November 20th, 2017|Insurance Coverage for Abortion|

On November 20, 2017, the Pittsburgh City Council voted to pass a Will of Council calling for the passage of the Equal Access to Abortion Coverage (EACH Woman) Act, a federal bill that would reinstate abortion coverage in public insurance programs, and for the repeal of Pennsylvania’s ban on abortion coverage in private insurance plans [...]

NIRH White Paper – “When Self-Abortion is a Crime: Laws that Put Women at Risk”

2019-06-19T16:46:36-04:00July 5th, 2017|Decriminalizing Self-Managed Abortion, Impact, Publications & Reports|

The legal status of abortion has changed throughout American history – from legal to illegal and back to legal again. However, women seeking to end an unintended pregnancy have always done so, whether it is legal or not. Our white paper, “When Self-Abortion is a Crime: Laws that Put Women at Risk,” documents this history in New York and assess whether there is any justification for the state’s criminal abortion ban.

Achieving Regulations to Secure Insurance Coverage for Abortion and Contraception in New York State

2017-06-30T13:44:04-04:00June 30th, 2017|Access to Contraception, Insurance Coverage for Abortion|

In 2017, Governor Andrew Cuomo and his agencies issued four different regulations that affirm access to insurance coverage for abortion and contraception in New York State, protect access to insurance coverage for all New Yorkers if the federal government repeals or restricts the ACA, and improve conditions for women who are incarcerated. The abortion and contraception regulations are wide-ranging [...]

Passing a Resolution to Support Reproductive Health Services for All Immigrants in Seattle, WA

2019-06-19T16:46:37-04:00June 26th, 2017|Impact, Insurance Coverage for Abortion, Proactive Policy|

In June 2017, the Seattle City Council and Mayor built on their 2014 resolution that called for federal lawmakers to repeal all bans on public insurance coverage of abortion, by passing a proclamation in support of policies that support insurance coverage of abortion and funding for reproductive health services for all immigrants. This effort was [...]

Passing a Resolution to Support Insurance Coverage for Abortion in Multnomah County, OR

2019-06-19T16:46:41-04:00April 20th, 2017|Impact, Insurance Coverage for Abortion, Proactive Policy|

On April 20, 2017, the Multnomah County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously to pass a proclamation in support of policies that support insurance coverage and funding for all reproductive health care services for women, including abortion. This vote followed a hearing by the Board of Commissioners on March 29, 2016, that examined the landscape of [...]

Advancing Contraceptive Coverage in Massachusetts

2017-03-20T13:59:10-04:00March 20th, 2017|Access to Contraception, Impact, Proactive Policy|

Since the 1990s, many states have required insurers to provide “contraceptive equity,” meaning that insurance plans that cover prescription drugs must also cover contraception. However, insurance companies often limited the types of contraception that were covered or charged high copays for some or all forms. The Affordable Care Act (ACA) addressed some of these barriers [...]

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