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How Well Are We?
President Obama’s healthcare plan, which (whether you support it or not) will extend insurance coverage to the uninsured, and more preventative measures than ever before made this a big year for our nation’s health. Yet the National Women’s Law Center’s 2010 Health Report Card found that healthcare available to many women still fell short of their actual needs. The group's report card assigns grades -- Satisfactory, Satisfactory Minus, Unsatisfactory or Fail -- based on benchmarks set by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for 2010. Read on to find out how we stacked up this year -- and what you can do to improve your own results.
Women Covered By Health Insurance: Fail
Nationwide, one in five women ages 18-64 is uninsured. Despite the healthcare overhaul that took place in 2010, that number actually rose since the last Report Card in 2007. And access to care is shaded by racial disparities: 37.6 percent of Hispanic and 23.4 percent of African-American women don't have health insurance, compared with 13.9 percent of white women.
Breast Cancer: Satisfactory Minus
The breast cancer fatality rate fell from 25.1 to 24 deaths per 100,000 women, nearly reaching the benchmark of 22.3 set by the government. Along with mammograms and screenings, talk to your doctor about steps you can take to lower your risk.
High Blood Pressure: Fail
Since 2007, the percentage of women with high blood pressure increased from 24.9 percent to 27.7 percent. While the increase is a bad sign, you can lower your blood pressure by exercising and cutting down the salt and sodium in your diet.