The Trump White House is continuing to attack women, this time with Senator Lindsey Graham and Senator Bill Cassidy's proposed new healthcare bill. The new bill, which is being referred to as the Graham-Cassidy bill, is projected to cut healthcare access for millions of Americans, and women, as per usual, are being targeted disproportionately.

It will defund Planned Parenthood.

Not only is it extremely dangerous that a federal bill may take away a woman's right to make decisions about her own body, Planned Parenthood provides many important services other than abortions (which federal funding doesn't go to anyway). STD testing, cancer screenings, vaccinations, and patient education are all accessible to women through Planned Parenthood. In fact, Planned Parenthood provides healthcare for 4,665,000 women (and men) each year — cutting it off from federal funding would literally affect millions.   

Insurers will no longer be obligated to provide maternity care.

Under ACA, "Maternity care and childbirth — services provided before and after your child is born — are essential health benefits. This means all qualified health plans inside and outside the Marketplace must cover them." However, according to Forbes, the Graham-Cassidy bill would get rid of that provision — because there obviously aren't enough pink taxes as is.

It will give states more power to allocate federal funding.

As research has uncovered in the past, the most pro-life states also happen to have the most limitations regarding women's healthcare. In fact, women in these states, on average, experience higher rates of physical impairments, domestic abuse, and emotional health problems. This can be attributed to a lack of state legislation protecting women from these issues, and/or a lack of legislation working to help women seek care. If states get more freedom to establish the needs of their population, as this bill has proposed, many women will be screwed.

It targets young working women.

While the Graham-Cassidy bill will keep the ACA provision allowing patients to remain on their parents' insurance plan until age 26, those transitioning out of their parents' healthcare plans will have a harder time adding to their healthcare savings. 

The new bill will force patients to make a higher maximum contribution for tax-free healthcare savings. According to CNN Money, individuals would have to set aside $6,650 instead of $3,400, and families would have to set aside $13,300 instead of $6,750. Not only will this put an added financial burden on single working women who continue to make less than men, this will be especially detrimental to working single mothers who may not have $13,300 to set aside.  

Children and non-disabled adults will receive major cuts to Medicaid.

According to CNN Money, children and non-disabled adults will be subject to more Medicaid cuts by 2024. This would obviously put a huge financial strain on single mothers, foster families, children with disabilities, and children and non-disabled adults with pre-existing conditions.

So let your state senators know you're concerned! Call them, tweet to them, do whatever you need to do. This bill is extremely dangerous — we can't afford to let it pass.