A proclamation on National Women’s Health Week, 2022

During National Women’s Health Week, we recommit to ensuring the health and well-being of women and girls across our country. Protecting women’s human rights to make their own choices and shape their own future is at the heart of this mission. I am committed to defending women’s rights, including their access to reproductive health care. deer has been the law of the land for almost 50 years; the fundamental fairness and stability of our law demand that it not be overturned. In response to the ongoing assault on abortion and reproductive rights across the country, my administration is exploring every tool at our disposal to strengthen and protect women’s access to essential reproductive health care. We will continue to work with Congress to pass the Women’s Health Protection Act, which will ensure that all women have access to essential reproductive health care, regardless of where they live.

For every American, health care is a right, not a privilege, and gender equity in health care is a top priority for my administration. That’s why we rely on the Affordable Care Act (ACA) to improve the health of all Americans, especially women. Thanks to the ACA, millions of people can access health care. Also, women with pre-existing conditions cannot be denied coverage, and women can no longer be charged more for health insurance just because they are women. Last month, my administration proposed the single most important administrative measure to improve the ACA by eliminating the “family problem,” which will save families hundreds of dollars a month and help them afford family coverage. .

I am committed to ensuring that women also have access to the lifesaving preventive care screenings that so many Americans have skipped or delayed due to the pandemic – including cholesterol, blood pressure and cancer screenings.

Advancing health equity also requires improving maternal health care. Maternal mortality rates in the United States are among the highest in the developed world, especially among black and Native American women. That’s why, through the American Rescue Plan, we’ve given states the option to provide 12 months of extended postpartum coverage to pregnant women who are enrolled in Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program. By expanding access to maternal care and reducing health care costs, we can lower death rates and ensure that women can live full and healthy lives.

As I mentioned in my State of the Union address, it is also time for America to make bolder investments to address our national mental health crisis – a crisis that disproportionately affects young women and girls, who are twice as likely to receive a mental health diagnosis. conditions like depression and anxiety. My vision will expand the pool of behavioral health care providers, integrate mental health and addictions treatment into primary care, and expand access through more virtual care options.

As President, Vice-President and Senator, I have long been committed to ending gender-based violence and trauma, which have lasting effects on the health of women, girls and their families. That’s why I first drafted the Violence Against Women Act in 1990 and worked with Congress to reauthorize it through 2027 to increase support, funding and resources for survivors and improve the health system’s response to domestic violence and sexual assault.

We have made great progress, but there is still work to be done, not least in defending reproductive rights, which are under unprecedented attack, and in ensuring that we do not back down on gender equality. women. As we celebrate National Women’s Health Week, let us recommit to ensuring equal access to high quality, affordable care for all women and girls and to improving the health of our nation.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, JOSEPH R. BIDEN JR., President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim May 8 to May 14, 2022, as National Women’s Health Week. During this week, I encourage all Americans to join us in a collective effort to improve the health of women and girls and promote health equity for all. I encourage all women and girls – especially those with underlying health conditions – to prioritize their health and catch up on missed screenings, routine care, and vaccines.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have affixed my signature this sixth day of May of the year of grace two thousand and twenty-two and of the independence of the United States of America on the two hundred and forty-six.

JOSEPH R. BIDEN JR.

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