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AAUW Issues: Healthcare

Saturday, April 1, 2017

The American Association of University Women believes that everyone is entitled to high-quality, affordable, and accessible health care.

Health care security is intrinsically tied to economic security, and this relationship is particularly true for women who earn less than men on average and are therefore less able to afford insurance or care. Despite massive spending, health care outcomes in the United States continue to lag behind many other Western nations. But more Americans are now able to access affordable health insurance and the preventive care they need thanks to the Affordable Care Act (ACA), which passed into law in 2010.

The Long Beach Branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) invite members and the public to a community forum on the possible repeal of the Affordable Health Care Act and the impact such a repeal will have on women of all ages.

– ACA has resulted in fewer women of reproductive age being uninsured. Uninsured women aged 15–44 has dropped 36 percent under the first two full years of ACA.

– The practice of “gender rating” ended. Insurance companies charged men and women different premiums for individually purchased health care plans. Under the ACA, gender rating was banned for plans offered in the individual /small group markets (organizations employing 100 or fewer persons) beginning in 2014.  This discriminatory practice was costing women approximately $1 billion more than men for health coverage.

– Coverage of women’s reproductive health services is required. 67 percent more women have access to birth control without a co-pay. An increased use of contraception has led to a decline in the number of unplanned pregnancies.

– The ACA ensured access to and coverage of preventive services and care. The ACA has secured preventive services to women including contraception, breastfeeding support, and sexually transmitted infection and HIV screenings.

About 137 million Americans now have access to preventive services without cost sharing, including 55 million women. We need to understand what the ACA is and what it is not, and how its repeal could impact women. Additionally, the attack on Medicare and Medicaid is a threat to the healthcare of women who depend upon these systems for their care.

The AAUW forum includes: Dr. Diana Bonta, President and CEO of The Bontá Group, providing consulting services in health care, past director of LB Dept. Health & Human Services; Gerrie Schipske, Healthcare attorney and Registered Nurse Practitioner and CSULB-Health Care Administration faculty member, and Cynthia Hanna, RN, Lead Labor Rep., California Nurses Association.

The forum will be held at Skylinks Golf Course, 4800 E. Wardlow Rd., Long Beach. AAUW event begins at 9:30 am. Speakers forum will begin at 10:30 am. Lunch immediately follows the conclusion of the forum.

Reservations must be made by March 25th and paid for ahead of time. Meeting-only charge is $5.00. 

Plan to attend and bring your family and friends to the program and reserve for the luncheon.

Payment and reservation instructions below:


Saturday, April 1, 2017
9:30 am Mix ‘n Mingle
10:00-10:30 am Business Meeting
10:30-11:30 am Program/Speaker
11:30 am Lunch

Place: Skylinks Golf Course Clubhouse
4800 E. Wardlow Rd., Long Beach 90808

Meal: Croissant Sandwich Buffet includes:
Garden Salad & dressing, Italian Pasta Salad
Dessert: Fresh baked Cookies and Brownies
Includes coffee, hot & ice tea, and water


Questions about the location? Daphne Ching-Jackson dchingjackson@verizon.net or Pam Rayburn at pam.rayburn@csulb.edu

You may pay for the April 1, 2017 meeting using PayPal or completing and mailing the registration on page 8 of the April 2017 Vantage Newletter here.  Please send your payment of $25 or $5 to aauwlongbeach@gmail.com using PayPal.  We recommend using Friends and Family option to avoid any fees.  Any fees imposed by PayPal are paid by the buyer, not by AAUW Long Beach.

Don’t forget to let Lee Tsao know that you are attending if you pay using PayPal, 4306 Fairway Drive Lakewood, CA 90712, or  lee.tsao@hotmail.com or 562-425-7613

AAUW Work Smart Workshop

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

6:30p.m. – 8:30p.m.

Port of Long Beach

4801 Airport Plaza Drive, Long Beach, CA

Are you earning what you deserve?  In 2015, full-time working women in the U.S earned 80% of what men earn.  In California, the figure is 86% – better, but still not at parity. A portion of this gap is attributed to women’s lack of knowledge in how to best negotiate for their salaries and benefits.

Created for working women, AAUW Work Smart is an interactive workshop that teaches you to evaluate, negotiate, and articulate your worth confidently in the job market. For more specific details please see AAUW Work Smart under Projects on this website.

Coordinated by American Association of University Women (AAUW) Long Beach, the AAUW Work Smart workshop on April 5 at the Port of Long Beach headquarters is sponsored by Los Angeles County Supervisor Janice Hahn and is offered free to the public. Attendance is limited to 40 participants. Reservations for the workshop must be made online at salary.aauw.org/longbeach.  Come and learn how to negotiate what you deserve!



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