President Joe Biden proclaims May 9 to May 15, 2021 as National Women’s Health Week

May 10, 2021 – President Joe Biden issues a proclamation on National Women’s Health Week, May 9-15, 2021.

It’s a simple proposition for me: women have the right to the same rights and opportunities as men, including access to high quality and affordable health care. National Women’s Health Week is an opportunity to focus on the work we need to do as a nation to ensure equal access to high quality and affordable care for women and to build a future more prosperous and healthier for all.

It starts with strengthening the Affordable Care Act, which ensures that women cannot be denied coverage for pre-existing conditions, such as pregnancy, or be charged more for coverage just because they are. women. The Affordable Care Act also expanded coverage to millions of women who were previously uninsured and made various prevention services available free of charge, including Pap tests and mammograms. In addition, it covers screening and counseling for domestic and domestic violence.

To cover more Americans, the Biden-Harris administration has launched a special open enrollment period on, so uninsured women have the option to purchase coverage until August 15. this law to make coverage more affordable. The US bailout, enacted earlier this year, will save women $ 50 a month on their health care premiums.

The theme for this year’s National Women’s Health Week is “Ending the Pandemic and Improving Women’s Health”. Vaccination is the fastest and most effective way to defeat this pandemic and restore public health.

My administration is committed to advancing women’s health and ensuring a fair response to the COVID-19 pandemic. We have prioritized and improved access to the COVID-19 vaccine and expanded the eligibility criteria to include all adults over 16 years of age. We encourage women to talk to their doctors, nurses, nurse practitioners or medical assistants about COVID-19. vaccine.

And it’s important that women and girls catch up on missed vaccines or medical care over the past year. Delays in routine care – such as Pap tests, mammograms, bone density tests, stress tests, cholesterol tests, blood pressure tests, physical exams, general checks and other blood tests preventative health – can cause many conditions to go undetected. As we mark National Women’s Health Week, let’s make sure all women and girls, especially those with underlying health conditions such as hypertension, diabetes, cardiovascular and respiratory issues and mental health needs, can prioritize their own health.

The COVID-19 pandemic has further revealed why the unique needs of women and girls must be centered in our health care system, and highlighted the health disparities and systemic biases faced by women, especially women. women of color continue to face, including inequity. maternity care and access to reproductive health care.

My administration aims to address persistent and unwarranted disparities in maternal health outcomes. Pregnancy-related mortality among black and Native American and Native Alaskan women is two to three times higher than among white, Hispanic and Asian American and Pacific Islander women. It is essential to ensure equitable access to health care for all women before, during and after pregnancy. I am committed to building a health care system that ensures equity and dignity for all women and girls. In addition, we must protect access to sexual and reproductive health care, including the wide range of family planning services.

As we strive to improve the health of our nation, we must prioritize the health and well-being of our women and girls. During National Women’s Health Week, we reaffirm our commitment to this important work.

NOW THEREFORE THEREFORE I, JOSEPH R. BIDEN JR., President of the United States of America, by authority conferred on me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States hereby proclaim the May 9 to May 15, 2021, as National Women’s Health Week. During this week, I encourage all Americans to dedicate themselves to the work of improving the health of women and girls and promoting health equity for all.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF I have laid my hand here this seventh day of May, in the year of our Lord two thousand and twenty-one, and of the independence of the United States of America on the two hundred and forty-fifth.

Source: White House Office

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