Summary: “The House of Representatives just passed HR-7, an anti-abortion bill that expands the Hyde Amendment (a 1976 bill which prohibits the use of federal funds for abortions) to exclude the use of insurance for abortion coverage,” Noor al-Sibai writes over at Bustle, in a piece that cites us for our statistics. “The bill is titled ‘No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion and Abortion Insurance Full Disclosure Act of 2017,’ and this language is misleading, given that no federal funding has gone to abortion coverage in over 40 years. Instead, the bill will expand Hyde Amendment provisions to make them permanent, and will in effect bar tax funding to insurers who provide abortion. According to the Center for Reproductive Rights, this amendment will be particularly hard on women who won’t be able to pay full price for an abortion — members of low-income families, millennial women, and women of color in particular. HR-7 was passed in spite of the fact that there are already 10 states that don’t allow insurance-covered abortions and 15 more that bar Affordable Care Act recipients from getting covered abortions.” Noor al-Sibai,“The House Just Passed An Anti-Abortion Bill That Will Badly Hurt Millennials,” Bustle.com
Jeanne Pinder is the founder and CEO of ClearHealthCosts. She worked at The New York Times for almost 25 years as a reporter, editor and human resources executive, then volunteered for a buyout and founded ClearHealthCosts.
She was previously a fellow at the Tow Center for Digital Journalism at the Columbia University School of Journalism. ClearHealthCosts has won grants from the Tow-Knight Center for Entrepreneurial Journalism at the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at the City University of New York; the International Women’s Media Foundation; the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation with KQED public radio in San Francisco and KPCC in Los Angeles; the Lenfest Foundation in Philadelphia for a partnership with The Philadelphia Inquirer; and the New York State Health Foundation for a partnership with WNYC public radio/Gothamist in New York; and other honors.
Her TED talk about fixing health costs has surpassed 2 million views.