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
Underheim. Referred to Committee on Rules.
AR55,1,4 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
AR55,1,65 Whereas, the state can increase its support for women's health and can make
6a significant difference in improving the status of women's health; and
AR55,1,97 Whereas, women are different, metabolically, hormonally, and physiologically,
8from men and have different patterns of health and disease, and some diseases are
9more common in women than in men; and
AR55,1,1210 Whereas, women are more likely to suffer from chronic diseases as more than
11one in 5 women have some form of cardiovascular disease and one in 2 women will
12have an osteoporosis-related fracture in her lifetime; and
AR55,1,1413 Whereas, women are 3 times more likely to develop rheumatoid arthritis and
142 to 3 times more likely to suffer from depression; and
1Whereas, women are less often referred for diagnostic tests and less often
2treated for heart disease as compared to men; and
AR55,2,53 Whereas, women, if they are smokers, are 20% to 70% more likely to develop
4lung cancer and 10 times more likely than men to contract HIV during unprotected
5sex; and
AR55,2,66 Whereas, women outnumber men 3 to one in long-term care facilities; and
AR55,2,87 Whereas, women are more likely to provide health care to family members and
8make health care decisions, and women spend 2 of every 3 health care dollars; and
AR55,2,109 Whereas, there is abundant evidence that women are under-treated compared
10to men; and
AR55,2,1211 Whereas, there is abundant evidence that women are underrepresented in
12women's health studies; and
AR55,2,1513 Whereas, although there has been some national attention on women's health
14care issues and legislative activity by Congress on access issues, there remains little
15change in vitally important preventive care and treatment issues; and
AR55,2,1816 Whereas, in a recent survey of voters, almost 80% of women and 60% of men
17favored a women's health care platform that supports relevant care, relevant
18research, and relevant education for women; and
AR55,2,2119 Whereas, 9 out of 10 men and women agree that women have the right to access
20quality treatment, the latest health care technologies, and appropriate diagnostic
21tests; now, therefore, be it
AR55,2,25 22Resolved by the assembly, That every state agency and state-chartered
23institution of learning or recipient of state grants or funding shall take appropriate
24action to achieve improved and equal access for women to quality health care, which
25includes all of the following:
1(1) Providing women equal access to quality health care, including
2state-of-the-art medical advances and technology.
AR55,3,43 (2) Increasing the number of women covered by comprehensive health care
4insurance, including primary and preventive health care, for all women.
AR55,3,65 (3) Preventing serious health problems by timely diagnosis and treatment
AR55,3,87 (4) Promoting strategies to increase patient access to recommended diagnostic
8and screening tests, preventive health regimens, and recommended treatments.
AR55,3,99 (5) Encouraging unhindered access to women's specialty health providers.
AR55,3,1110 (6) Creating and promoting partnerships between public and private entities
11to create programs designed to improve the scope and quality of women's health care.
AR55,3,1212 (7) Improving communications between providers and patients.
AR55,3,1313 (8) Expanding participation of women in clinical trials.
AR55,3,1514 (9) Increasing government and private research on women's health issues and
15the differences between men and women and how they impact quality health care.
AR55,3,1816 (10) Conducting more health outcomes research to demonstrate the value of
17women's health care interventions and preventive health measures in both the
18long-term and short-term.
AR55,3,2019 (11) Expanding medical and nursing school curricula in the area of women's
20health and educating about gender biology.
AR55,3,2321 (12) Supporting public education campaigns to increase women's awareness
22about unique health risks, how to negotiate the complexities of today's health care
23system, and to demand and obtain the best care available.
1(13) Conducting public health campaigns via state and local departments of
2public health with private sector partners to focus on key women's preventive health
AR55,4,64 (14) Urging the establishment of permanent offices of women's health within
5state government to raise awareness of women's special health care needs and
6advocating initiatives to address them.
AR55,4,97 (15) Fostering development and dissemination of publicly available
8information on the quality of health care and health outcomes that improve a
9woman's ability to choose the best women's health care plan.
AR55,4,1110 (16) Expanding state screening programs targeted at lower-income women to
11include a full range of known risk factors; and, be it further
AR55,4,18 12Resolved, That the organization Women in Government is commended for its
13leadership and enterprise in bringing to this state the appropriate urgency of need
14and meaningful steps that can be taken to attain the improved and equal access for
15women to quality health care, technologies, and treatments; education of
16researchers about gender differences; and unhindered access to women's health
17providers and this resolution does not request any person to take action to grant,
18secure, or deny any right relating to abortion or the funding thereof.
AR55,4,1919 (End)