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Coronavirus Puts a Spotlight on Paid Leave Policies

As the COVID-19 pandemic grows, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other public health officials recommend that people who are sick should stay home. Benefits such as sick leave and family leave can help employees follow these guidelines; however, the U.S. does not have national standards on paid family or sick leave. The lack of a national policy means some employees are forced to take unpaid leave, or come to work when they are ill, which could have public health consequences.

Coronavirus: A Look at Gender Differences in Awareness and Actions

This brief presents additional analysis of a recent KFF Coronavirus Poll, conducted between March 11 and 15, 2020 and finds larger shares of women are worrying about the negative consequences of the coronavirus and taking greater precautions than men.

Preventive Services Tracker

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) requires new private health insurance plans to cover many recommended preventive services without any patient cost-sharing. This tracker presents up-to-date information on the adult preventive services nongrandfathered private plans must cover, by condition, including a summary of the recommendation, the target population, the effective date of coverage, and related federal coverage clarifications.

Women and HIV in the United States

This updated fact sheet highlights the impact of HIV/AIDS on women in the United States, providing current data and trends over time.

Abortion Back at the Supreme Court: June Medical Services LLC v. Russo

This issue brief explains the legal and factual issues in dispute and the reviews the potential implications of different rulings in the case of June Medical Services v. Russo, which could have significant implications for women’s access to abortion and could eliminate the right of abortion providers to bring legal challenges to state and federal laws and policies.

Telemedicine and Pregnancy Care

This brief outlines how telemedicine is currently used in obstetrical care, how these services are financed and regulated, and reviews federal efforts to expand the use of telemedicine, particularly to address maternal health disparities.