The United States gets a grade of "unsatisfactory" when it comes to dealing with women's health issues. The report concludes that just a handful of states have made moves to tackle diseases affecting women, including heart disease and cervical cancer. It also concludes that states and the federal government have done either too little or nothing at all to expand women's access to health insurance and medical services.
Neither the nation nor the states have met the challenge of helping women secure better access to key healthcare services and increasing the availability of needed healthcare providers.
AdvertisementAfter the release of the report, four states made improvements in women's access to health coverage, while five states improved benefits for pregnant women. Many states improved health screenings for women's cancers. Still, few states have made progress in women's diabetes rates or in promoting programs to cut obesity, smoking or high blood pressure in women.