Email Update: Women's Health Week


By: Ami Bera
By: Ami Bera
Date: May 15, 2015

I sent an email update on Friday on National Women's Health Week.

As you may know, it's National Women's Health Week. Ensuring women have access to high-quality, affordable health care is a deeply personal issue to me as a doctor, husband and father.

I took an oath to give my patients the best options available to them, and to explain the risks and benefits of these choices. Women should be free to make the choices that are best for them, and respect their faith, family and personal situation.

So I was especially alarmed by what some Washington politicians chose to focus on--especially during a week that's supposed to be focused on women's health. Instead of promoting access to care for all women, they pushed H.R. 36 - a radical assault on women's health care. This bill threatens a woman's access to health care, even in cases of rape and incest.

H.R. 36 also has no meaningful exceptions to protect the health of the mother. And it would force doctors to withhold possibly life-saving care or go to jail.

This is a massive government overreach. I want my dYou can also click here to learn more aboAmi Bera, M.D.
Member of Congressut wellness visits from the National Women's Law Center.aughter to grow up in a country where she is in charge of her own health care decisions.

A woman's health care choices should be between her and her doctor -- not Washington politicians.

Especially during Women's Health Week, we should work to empower women and protect the doctor-patient relationship.

That's why I introduced a new bill today -- the Women's Preventive Health Awareness Campaign Act.

My bill calls for a national public awareness campaign on the importance of women's yearly doctor check-ups , or wellness visits.

Encouraging women to see their doctors helps keep our wives, mothers, and daughters healthy.

Wellness visits are a chance for women to see their doctors and prevent health issues from happening in the first place. It's also a chance to find and treat health problems early before they become more serious. That's not only good medicine-- it can save lives and cut costs.

But according to the Kaiser Family Foundation, in March of 2014 only 43 percent of Americans knew they could access no-cost preventive services. This includes yearly wellness visits for women.

If you or someone you know is due for their wellness visit, please make sure to call your health provider.

As always, I'm honored to work for you. Please feel free to share your thoughts on this or another issue with me at any time.

Be well,

Ami Bera, M.D.

Member of Congress