Legislation would bolster women’s health care

Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), the top Democrat on the Senate health committee, introduced legislation to bolster women’s health care across the country.

The Jeanette Acosta Invest in Women’s Health Act of 2019, named after ardent women’s health advocate Jeanette Acosta who lost her battle with cervical cancer at the age of 32, would increase women’s access to preventive and lifesaving screenings, including those designed to detect cancers.

In the spirit of Jeanette’s activism, the bill focuses on increasing access to preventive care and increasing training for health care providers, with an emphasis on providing care and training for low-income and women of color, who are disproportionately impacted by breast and gynecological cancers.

“We know that making sure every woman in this country can get preventive and lifesaving cancer screenings – no matter who she is, where she lives, or how much she makes – can make an enormous difference. This is especially true for women of color who are more likely to die from some of the same cancers early screening can help catch,” said Murray.

“Jeanette Acosta was a warrior and a champion for women’s health who worked to move us toward that goal, and I’m proud to honor her legacy by introducing the Jeanette Acosta Invest in Women’s Health Act of 2019, which would increase the availability of preventive and lifesaving cancer screenings at critical health care providers like Planned Parenthood,” said Murray.

Murray has been a strong leader on the issue of women’s health care, particularly reproductive care, recently introducing legislation to ensure that women across the country are able to get the reproductive health care that they need.

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