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"If Sen. Michael Enzi (R-WY) has his way, insurance companies in almost every state won't have to [cover contraception costs]. Next week, the Senate will consider [S. 1955] a bill introduced by Sen. Enzi that would allow insurance companies to ignore state laws that protect patients, including laws that prohibit insurance companies from covering some prescription drugs, but not birth control."

S. 1955 asks for the creation of more small business health insurance plans, which can then in turn restrict conctraceptive coverage, as well as cervical cancer screenings, perhaps even mammograms.

H.R. 4651: Equity in Prescription Insurance and Contraceptive Coverage Act of 2005 is still in committee in the House. It asks for the equitable coverage of all prescription birth control by any insurance provider.

S.1955 is one of those big bills that can let a lot of things slip through unnoticed. HR 4651, backed by a vocal rep from my home state, is not a big bill.

Carolyn Maloney, another rep from New York, (along with other members of Congress) has sent four letters to the President regarding his stance on BC. They have all gone unanswered.

[ 03-11-2006, 06:22 PM: Message edited by: kitka ]

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You know, I make a point of not bringing my personal life or too many of my personal feelings or baggage to Scarleteen, for likely obvious reasons.

But I have to say, all of this stuff continuing to build over the last handful of years, watching reproductive rights and women's health rights erode right before my very eyes, especially when working so hard to try and protect them, is so incredibly hard and distressing.

I was one of those people who, in spite of myself, found myself -- who is normally one of the most hyperactive people alive -- unable to get out of bed for days after the last election. This is why. Actually, this is part of why: issues about war and other human rights were another part, and having so many people say that people like myself who said that we'd watch these exact things which have been happening happen were whacked was more of why.

You know, young people are seriously creative. If y'all don't know this about yourselves, it's time to pick up on it. I've always been a firm believer in all of you, as well as the notion that little ripples can make big waves.

I don't think the problem with all of this is older activists like myself doing the wrong things, but I DO think that it could help to have MORE young activists with new ideas we may not have even thought of yet able to do those things.

If any of you have a brainstorm, some idea that maybe seems wacky, but also seems to have merit, please shout it out. I am limited in many ways personally, but I have good reach, and I do have some incredibly good contacts. I would be HAPPY to do what I can to point any of you towards resources and means to execute your own brand of activism.

And lordisa: if anyone found anything GOOD in the news this week, can you post it? Because....ugh.

Heather Corinna, Executive Director & Founder, Scarleteen
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Good news:

At least someone will survive all this.

disconnect and let me drift/until my upside down is right side *in*

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what a way to lose an employee.. to cancer since they can't afford (likely due to CRAPPY PAY!) screenings.

and what if BC is TREATMENT for an ILLNESS? you know, like endo????

good god...

[ 03-19-2006, 12:38 PM: Message edited by: blueveggie ]

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