2001 - 2002 LEGISLATURE
March 4, 2002 - Introduced by Representatives Ladwig, Starzyk, Berceau, Bock,
Huebsch, Krawczyk, Krug, Lassa, J. Lehman, M. Lehman, McCormick, Miller,
Musser, Ott, Owens, Petrowski, Plale, Plouff, Seratti, Shilling, Sykora and
Underheim. Referred to Committee on Rules.
1Relating to: supporting a women's health platform that recognizes serious
2inequities in the health prevention and treatment of women and calls for the
3elimination of these inequities to improve the health status of women in this
Whereas, the state can increase its support for women's health and can make 6
a significant difference in improving the status of women's health; and
Whereas, women are different, metabolically, hormonally, and physiologically, 8
from men and have different patterns of health and disease, and some diseases are 9
more common in women than in men; and
Whereas, women are more likely to suffer from chronic diseases as more than 11
one in 5 women have some form of cardiovascular disease and one in 2 women will 12
have an osteoporosis-related fracture in her lifetime; and
Whereas, women are 3 times more likely to develop rheumatoid arthritis and 14
2 to 3 times more likely to suffer from depression; and
Whereas, women are less often referred for diagnostic tests and less often 2
treated for heart disease as compared to men; and
Whereas, women, if they are smokers, are 20% to 70% more likely to develop 4
lung cancer and 10 times more likely than men to contract HIV during unprotected 5
Whereas, women outnumber men 3 to one in long-term care facilities; and
Whereas, women are more likely to provide health care to family members and 8
make health care decisions, and women spend 2 of every 3 health care dollars; and
Whereas, there is abundant evidence that women are under-treated compared 10
to men; and
Whereas, there is abundant evidence that women are underrepresented in 12
women's health studies; and
Whereas, although there has been some national attention on women's health 14
care issues and legislative activity by Congress on access issues, there remains little 15
change in vitally important preventive care and treatment issues; and
Whereas, in a recent survey of voters, almost 80% of women and 60% of men 17
favored a women's health care platform that supports relevant care, relevant 18
research, and relevant education for women; and
Whereas, 9 out of 10 men and women agree that women have the right to access 20
quality treatment, the latest health care technologies, and appropriate diagnostic 21
tests; now, therefore, be it
22Resolved by the assembly, That
every state agency and state-chartered 23
institution of learning or recipient of state grants or funding shall take appropriate 24
action to achieve improved and equal access for women to quality health care, which 25
includes all of the following:
(1) Providing women equal access to quality health care, including 2
state-of-the-art medical advances and technology.
(2) Increasing the number of women covered by comprehensive health care 4
insurance, including primary and preventive health care, for all women.
(3) Preventing serious health problems by timely diagnosis and treatment 6
(4) Promoting strategies to increase patient access to recommended diagnostic 8
and screening tests, preventive health regimens, and recommended treatments.
(5) Encouraging unhindered access to women's specialty health providers.
(6) Creating and promoting partnerships between public and private entities 11
to create programs designed to improve the scope and quality of women's health care.
(7) Improving communications between providers and patients.
(8) Expanding participation of women in clinical trials.
(9) Increasing government and private research on women's health issues and 15
the differences between men and women and how they impact quality health care.
(10) Conducting more health outcomes research to demonstrate the value of 17
women's health care interventions and preventive health measures in both the 18
long-term and short-term.
(11) Expanding medical and nursing school curricula in the area of women's 20
health and educating about gender biology.
(12) Supporting public education campaigns to increase women's awareness 22
about unique health risks, how to negotiate the complexities of today's health care 23
system, and to demand and obtain the best care available.
(13) Conducting public health campaigns via state and local departments of 2
public health with private sector partners to focus on key women's preventive health 3
(14) Urging the establishment of permanent offices of women's health within 5
state government to raise awareness of women's special health care needs and 6
advocating initiatives to address them.
(15) Fostering development and dissemination of publicly available 8
information on the quality of health care and health outcomes that improve a 9
woman's ability to choose the best women's health care plan.
(16) Expanding state screening programs targeted at lower-income women to 11
include a full range of known risk factors; and, be it further
the organization Women in Government is commended for its 13
leadership and enterprise in bringing to this state the appropriate urgency of need 14
and meaningful steps that can be taken to attain the improved and equal access for 15
women to quality health care, technologies, and treatments; education of 16
researchers about gender differences; and unhindered access to women's health 17
providers and this resolution does not request any person to take action to grant, 18
secure, or deny any right relating to abortion or the funding thereof.