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HEAL Act advances health care access for immigrant women and families

This week, Congresswoman Michelle Lujan Grisham (D-NM) introduced the Health Equity and Access Under the Law (HEAL) for Immigrant Women and Families Act, legislation that would increase immigrants’ eligibility for health insurance coverage and access to health care, including reproductive health services.

In response to the proposed legislation, Reproductive Health Advocacy Fellow Dr. Diane Horvath-Cosper at Physicians for Reproductive Health issued the following statement:

“Immigrant communities already experience heath care disparities, which only worsen when people aren’t able to get necessary, preventive health care.”

“As medical professionals, we applaud Congresswoman Lujan Grisham for her leadership in introducing a bill that seeks to eliminate barriers that prevent immigrant women and families from accessing vital health services. Without health care coverage, high costs may force immigrant women to forgo sexual and reproductive health care, including prenatal visits, contraceptives, sexually transmitted infection screenings, breast-feeding support, and cancer screening. Immigrant communities already experience heath care disparities, which only worsen when people aren’t able to get necessary, preventive health care. At a time when reproductive health care is being relentlessly attacked, we support proactive legislation like the HEAL Act to make sure that immigrant communities can get the health care they need. We need more policies like this that address gaps in coverage, instead of policies that would make those gaps even wider.”

Diane 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.