Women’s Health & Economic Opportunity

Senator Hassan will always fight to ensure that women have the freedom to make their own health care decisions and control their own destinies.

In order to compete on a level playing field economically and be full participants in our democracy, women need to be able to decide if and when to start a family, they must not be charged more than men for health care, and they must receive equal protections at work. 

As Governor, she signed New Hampshire’s Paycheck Fairness Act to ensure that women earn equal pay for equal work and successfully pushed to restore funding to Planned Parenthood. 

As too many in Washington continue to play partisan games with women’s health and equal rights, Senator Hassan is standing up to protect a woman’s constitutionally protected right to make her own reproductive health decisions as guaranteed by Roe v. Wade. She is also working to stop harmful, misguided efforts to defund Planned Parenthood, which provides critical health care services to thousands of Granite State women, including preventive care, birth control, and cancer screenings.

The Senator will always fight to ensure that women across the country earn pay that is equal to their male colleagues, to protect access to affordable health care that includes contraception, and to advocate for common-sense paid family leave policies.

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    Senator Hassan, Colleagues Introduce Bill to Ensure Pregnant Mothers Can Access Affordable Health Care During and After Pregnancy

    WASHINGTON - Senator Maggie Hassan joined her colleagues last week to introduce legislation to expand health care options for expectant mothers. The Healthy Maternal and Obstetric Medicine (Healthy MOM) Act, would ensure that all women eligible for coverage through the Affordable Care Act (ACA) insurance marketplaces, as well as women eligible for other individual or group health plan coverage, can access affordable health coverage throughout their pregnancies. The bill would establish a special enrollment period (SEP) for expectant mothers. Right now, marriage, divorce, giving birth, adoption, and changing jobs are considered qualifying life events that trigger a special enrollment period. However, becoming pregnant is not considered a qualifying event. 

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  • April 24, 2019

    Senator Hassan Statement on Federal Court Ruling to Temporarily Block Trump Administration’s Domestic Gag Rule

    SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA - Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) today released the following statement after the United States District Court for the District of Oregon issued a preliminary injunction to block the Trump Administration’s domestic gag rule. If imposed, the domestic gag rule would undermine women’s access to critical health services at Title X family planning programs such as Planned Parenthood.

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  • April 16, 2019

    Senators Hassan and Warren Lead Colleagues in Requesting Increased Funding in FY2020 Budget for Title X Program

    WASHINGTON - Senators Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), both members of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, led a group of 40 of their Democratic colleagues in calling on the Senate Appropriations Committee to request that the FY 2020 budget include $400 million for the Title X family planning program.

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  • April 05, 2019

    Casey, Dingell, Hassan Continue Fight Against Campus Sexual Assault

    Washington, D.C. - Although great strides have been made in advancing protections against sexual violence on college campuses, students with disabilities still suffer a disproportionate number of violent sexual crimes. A recent Last year, a report from the National Council on Disability, “Not on the Radar: Sexual Assault of College Students with Disabilities,” found that the needs of these students are often not addressed under existing policies. To address this gap and build upon the work of the landmark Jeanne Clery Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act, U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA), U.S. Representative Debbie Dingell (D-MI-12) and U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) introduced the Safe Equitable Campus Resources and Education (SECuRE) Act.


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  • April 02, 2019

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  • April 02, 2019

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  • March 29, 2019

    Shaheen & Hassan Call for Equal Pay for U.S. Women’s Soccer Team

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