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ACA and You: How to Enroll and Access Your Health Care Options
As of October 1, 2013, the first ever open enrollment period has begun for individual and family health
        insurance plans under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Click here to learn more!

How Does Sequestration Impact Women's Health and Medical Research
If implemented on March 1, 2013, sequestration will have a devastating impact on medical research
and women's health. Click here to learn more!

HHS Re-Launches Healthcare.gov
The website will now include new information about the  Marketplace, where families and small businesses will be able to easilycompare and purchase high-quality health insurance plans starting October 1, 2013, with coverage beginning January 1, 2014.  Please visit healthcare.gov today! 

FDA Recommends that Women Should Cut Dosage of Certain Sleep Medications in Half
(Jan 10)
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has recommended that patients taking sleep medications that include zolpidem should be taking the lowest dose possible, due to due to extended periods of drowsiness. Further, FDA has revealed that women should be prescribed half the dosage that men receive for both immediate- and extended-release products. SWHR has long sought drug labeling to reflect any biological difference and is pleased that the Agency is now implementing this analysis and reporting it to consumers. SWHR urges consumers to talk with their doctors if they are taking these medications. To learn more visit: http://go.usa.gov/YjhH

November 19, 2012 - SWHR's vice president of public policy, Martha Nolan, participated in a meeting held by the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine (AIUM), and was quoted in the following article: "AIUM forum touts 'ultrasound first' to boost use of modality."

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SWHR Advocacy Priorities

Policy Comment Letters
As part of its advocacy mission, the Society for Women's Health Research monitors the activities of the executive branch in the areas of women's health and research. At the request of various federal agencies, SWHR periodically submits public comment letters detailing its positions on issues pertaining to SWHR's public policy priorities. READ MORE

Women’s Health Research Coalition (WHRC)
Advocacy network of leaders at academic medical, health and scientific institutions and other supportive organizations, united to encourage coordination and funding for women's health research.

WHRC membership includes: a monthly Hotline Newsletter and invitations to advocacy events such as Congressional briefings. READ MORE

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