ACP calls for policies supporting women, families while improving health outcomes

Issues include paid family and medical leave, domestic violence, sexual abuse and harassment, participation in clinical trials, coverage for health care services available only to women, and policy barriers to accessing reproductive health services.


ACP's new policy paper, “Women's Health Policy in the United States,” examines the unique challenges women face within the U.S. health care system. It addresses a range of women's health issues, such as paid family and medical leave, domestic violence, sexual abuse and harassment, participation in clinical trials, coverage for health care services available only to women, and policy barriers to accessing reproductive health services.

A video featuring ACP President Ana María López, MD, FACP, explains why health care is a crucial issue for women and their families and what ACP recommends to improve current U.S. policies.

This paper was developed by ACP's Health and Public Policy Committee, which addresses issues that affect the health care of the American public and the practice of internal medicine and its subspecialties. ACP's evidence-based public policy positions are based on reviewed literature and input from the Board of Governors, Board of Regents, additional ACP councils, and nonmember experts in the field.

For information regarding ACP's public policy development process, visit ACPOnline.org.