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Planned Parenthood Advocates

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A webinar presentation on "What is at Stake for Women's Health Care in Wisconsin"

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Planned Parenthood Advocates

  1. 1. Molly R. Swank, MSW Legislative & Advocacy Coordinator Planned Parenthood Advocates of WI
  2. 2. Housekeeping • All participants are on mute to avoid feedback. • You will be able to ask questions later using the chat tool in the lower left corner of the screen. • To use the tool, type your message and then use the return/enter key to send it.
  3. 3. Agenda • Planned Parenthood programs & services • Overview of legislative attacks against reproductive & sexual health care • Affordable Care Act • What you can do to help PPAWI
  4. 4. • PPWI serves over 70,000 patients annually – Life saving cancer screenings, birth control, annual exams, STD test & treatment • Embody: PPWI’s education and trainings help thousands each year • PPWI is a primary health care provider to one in five women in Wisconsin
  5. 5. • Advocacy to protect & expand access to reproductive health & rights • Educate & lobby on behalf of reproductive rights • Elect candidates who support family planning and a woman's right to choose. • 6 Advocates for Choice student groups on campuses across the state • Over 292,000 Planned Parenthood supporters across the state
  6. 6. Biggest Challenges PPWI Faces in 2014 • Misinformation among community members • Funding • Political Attacks
  7. 7. 2011 - Now: Unprecedented Legislative Attacks on Reproductive Health Care • Governor Walker & the WI Legislature: – Defunded Planned Parenthood – Eliminated access to lifesaving cancer screenings, birth control, and annual exams for tens of thousands of patients – Severed PPWI’s relationship with the state lab restricting our ability to provide cancer screenings – Drastically cut colposcopy funding across the state – Rejected millions of Federal dollars to work on new health care marketplaces
  8. 8. 2013-2015 State Budget • Cuts to BadgerCare program • Individuals who make more than $11,490 and families of four who make more than $23,500 will need to purchase their own health insurance from the federal exchange through ACA • In total, these BadgerCare cuts will impact health care access for approximately 88,000 parents, adding to the 165,000 women already in need of affordable reproductive health care access
  9. 9. Abortion Restrictions: 2013 Version • AB 227/ SB 206– now Act 37 Forced Ultrasound Bill • AB 216/ SB 202 Eliminating Insurance Coverage for Abortion & Birth Control • AB 217/ SB 201 Banning Sex Selective Abortion And more to come…
  10. 10. President Obama Signs Affordable Care Act The Affordable Care Act will enhance and protect access to women’s health: •Access to birth control with no co-pays •Elimination of gender rating •Insurance coverage of preventive services •Extension of coverage for young adults up to 26 years •End of denied coverage for pre-existing conditions
  11. 11. What YOU Can Do • Volunteer with PPAWI – Join PPAWI’s We Are Talking about Women’s Health Wednesdays • Share YOUR story about why Planned Parenthood is important to you • Write a letter to the editor • Get email action updates & check out Planned Parenthood online - PPAWI.org - Facebook.com/PPAWI - Twitter.com/PPAWI - Text “wisconsin” to 69866
  12. 12. PPAWI.org For more information or to get involved with Planned Parenthood, contact Molly at molly.swank@ppwi.org

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