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

Trump’s budget catastrophic for patients and their families

In response to the Trump administration’s proposed budget that would cut Medicaid spending nearly in half and $12.7 billion from the Department of Health and Human Services, Reproductive Health Advocacy Fellow Dr. Diane Horvath-Cosper at Physicians for Reproductive Health issued the following statement:

“The President’s budget indicates the priorities and values of his administration, and this budget is a loud message that he wants to dismantle the services that keep millions of Americans healthy, fed, housed, and educated. Cuts of this magnitude will hurt everyone, but disproportionately harm low-income women and families, communities of color, LGBTQ individuals, immigrants, and religious minorities. It will be catastrophic to health care in our country—reducing access to vital care and services, cutting public health research funding, and gutting the Medicaid program. My patients and their families will lose basic support services so that the wealthy can get tax breaks, and that is a shameful priority.” 

Gorsuch’s Confirmation Would Endanger Women’s Health

Physicians for Reproductive Health opposes the nomination of Judge Gorsuch to the U.S. Supreme Court. Ahead of the cloture vote in the Senate, Advocacy Fellow Dr. Diane Horvath-Cosper issued the following statement:

“Judge Gorsuch’s record on reproductive health care is clear: he puts politics ahead of the health of American women. He has ruled in favor of allowing employers to interfere with employees’ private medical decisions about contraception, and he went out of his way to try to block patients in Utah from accessing health care at Planned Parenthood. With his alarming record, he cannot be trusted to uphold Roe v. Wade, the settled law of the land for 44 years, or respect medical evidence that shows the public health benefits of contraception and legal abortion.

It is outrageous that in 2017, patients have to worry about their ability to access a legal medical procedure, both now and in the future. Far too many people already encounter incredible difficulty accessing abortion care. We know that restrictions on abortion harm those who are already most vulnerable, including people of color, low-income families, and adolescents.

The Supreme Court must protect the health of all Americans, especially during a time when Congress is actively working to limit access to reproductive health care. President Trump promised his Supreme Court nominee would vote to overturn Roe, and Judge Gorsuch has not given any assurance that he would uphold Roe. His confirmation would be dangerous for women’s health. We continue to oppose Judge Gorsuch’s nomination and ask the Senate to vote no.” 

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.”