Reproductive Health Advocacy Fellow Diane Horvath-Cosper, MD, MPH

dsc_6514Diane Horvath-Cosper, MD, MPH joined Physicians in August 2016 as our fourth Reproductive Health Advocacy Fellow. Dr. Horvath most recently completed a fellowship in Family Planning at MedStar Washington Hospital Center in Washington, DC in June 2016. During her fellowship, she received a Master’s in Public Health from Johns Hopkins in health systems and policy. Dr. Horvath earned both a BA and BS at The Ohio State University, her medical degree at the Medical University of Ohio, and completed residency at the University of Minnesota. Following residency, she worked for four years in general obstetrics and gynecology in St. Paul, Minnesota, and held a clinical faculty appointment at the University of Minnesota.

Dr. Horvath comes to Physicians with experience speaking out regarding violence against abortion providers and clinics and an interest in the power of narrative as a tool for advocacy. Training and mentoring medical students and residents continues to be an important part of her practice. She serves on the Clinical Advisory Committee of the Association of Reproductive Health Professionals and maintains active involvement with ACOG and NAF.

Dr. Horvath-Cosper in the News

CBO Report shows devastating impact of Affordable Care Act repeal on women’s health

In a report released by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office, 24 million people would lose health insurance coverage by the year 2026 if the congressional ACA repeal bill were to be enacted. In response, Dr. Diane Horvath-Cosper issued the following statement:

“Yesterday’s report from the Congressional Budget Office shows just how devastating repeal of the Affordable Care Act will be for women’s health. There are 12.9 million women of reproductive age insured by Medicaid who are in danger of losing their coverage if the ACA is repealed. Even one person losing coverage is too many—but this drastic number indicates that under the proposed ACA repeal bill, access to affordable health insurance will be eliminated for millions of families.

Many of our patients will not be able to afford essential preventive health care like cancer screenings and contraception. Patients who choose to go to Planned Parenthood for these important preventive services will be barred from using their own Medicaid coverage to obtain care. The ACA repeal plan would harm medically underserved communities who rely on the high-quality, low-cost care Planned Parenthood provides.

The ACA has been life-changing for our patients. The Medicaid expansion has helped millions of people get essential health care, and to take away this lifeline is reprehensible. We implore Congress to do better for our patients.” 

Statement on Trump Withdrawing Federal Protections for Transgender Students

In response to President Trump withdrawing federal protections for transgender students, Dr. Diane Horvath-Cosper, with Physicians for Reproductive Health Advocacy Fellow, issued the following statement: 

“As an organization that cares deeply about adolescent health, we think it’s unacceptable to reverse a guidance that is meant to protect children who already face significant challenges to their well-being. Transgender children are often rejected by their family and peers, harassed, traumatized and abused, and are at a higher risk for depression and suicide. Discouraging or punishing children for expressing their true sense of identity threatens their health and well-being, and schools have a special responsibility to protect all young people, regardless of gender identity or expression. Children thrive in open, honest environments that foster healthy decision-making. Schools should be at the forefront of the effort to create safe learning spaces for all students, not exposing thousands of children to discrimination.” 

Statement on Oklahoma HB 1441

In response to Oklahoma HB 1441, a bill that would unconstitutionally ban a woman from obtaining abortion care in Oklahoma unless the “father of the fetus” provides his “informed written consent,” Dr. Diane Horvath-Cosper, Physicians for Reproductive Health Advocacy Fellow, issued the following statement:

“Oklahoma HB 1441 is an outrageous bill meant to shame, burden, and degrade women seeking abortion care. This bill clearly violates a patient’s constitutional right to make a decision about her own health care by requiring the consent of her partner. Women in Oklahoma already face multiple restrictions when they are seeking abortion care, and such a blatant attempt to undermine a woman’s autonomy is unconscionable. The bill would also allow men to challenge paternity, which would subject women to costly tests that could delay care. In addition, women in abusive situations seeking abortion care would be put at even greater risk of harm from their partners.

The idea that a woman needs a man’s permission to make decisions about her own medical care or that women are demoted to “hosts” when they are pregnant is dangerous. No one should be empowered to interfere with the private decision to have an abortion. We implore the Oklahoma House of Representatives to vote no on this unconstitutional bill.” 

Physicians for Reproductive Health Supports the EACH Woman Act

Physicians for Reproductive Health joins more than 80 other organizations in supporting the reintroduction of the Equal Access to Coverage in Health Insurance Act, or EACH Woman Act, in the House of Representatives. Dr. Diane Horvath-Cosper responds to the introduction of the EACH Woman Act in a statement:

“The EACH Woman Act is a vision for how our patients should be able to get the care they need—without lack of coverage standing in the way. It would lift unnecessary and dangerous bans on abortion coverage and ensure that all women, regardless of what they earn, can make decisions about abortion with dignity and respect. For too long, politicians have interfered in our exam rooms and pushed abortion care out of reach for millions of patients.

Patients like Maria*, who lives in Washington, DC, just south of the Maryland border. She is insured by DC Medicaid, which has taken care of her medical needs for years as she has worked hard to support her children with three part-time jobs, none of which offer insurance coverage. When Maria’s contraception failed and she became pregnant, she said she needed to think first of her family and her ability to provide for them. She chose to have an abortion, and was shocked to learn that her insurance would not cover the procedure because of the Hyde Amendment. She was especially upset when she learned that if she had lived less than a half a mile to the north, in Maryland, the procedure would have been covered under Maryland Medicaid. Maria scrambled to collect the money to pay for the procedure, which was a significant financial hardship that required her to make a decision between paying for her abortion or paying for basic necessities like food and rent.

Physicians yearn to be able to provide safe and compassionate care to all our patients, not just those who have resources. The Hyde Amendment disproportionately impacts the most vulnerable—low-income women, women of color, immigrant women, and young people—and flies in the face of our commitment to care for all patients. We urge representatives to support the EACH Woman Act to protect the freedoms of women and families.”

*Name was changed.