Column: Lawmakers can support women during pandemic by listening to their healthcare priorities | columnists

Above all, women want a healthcare system that supports them and addresses cost and access barriers. In fact, this new poll found that Congress is pursuing a unified policy to reduce the cost of health care, which remains a concern for women. While lower prescription drug costs are key to making health care more affordable and accessible for Americans, it’s clear that it’s only part of the solution.

Ultimately, women want the best care for their families, especially access to quality care and life-saving prescription drugs.

Instead of pursuing an all-encompassing path to cost-cutting through industry-focused policies, Congress should take a more holistic approach, removing obstacles such as surprise medical bills after emergency hospital visits, corporate middlemen eating up consumer savings at the pharmacy counter , and stopping insurers removes from pricing underserved populations from health care.

While it is important to lower the cost of healthcare, we must continue to invest in research for women’s health, including finding cures for life-threatening diseases such as breast and ovarian cancer. According to the American Cancer Society, about 13,700 women will die from ovarian cancer and 43,600 women from breast cancer this year.

Congress should listen to the vast majority of women who believe that investing in women’s health research and supporting families with young children are policies of paramount importance.

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