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    A CONCURRENT RESOLUTION expressing the support of the Indiana General Assembly for the Women's Health Platform.

Crosby, Becker, Budak, Welch

    _______________________, read first time and referred to Committee on


First Regular Session 112th General Assembly (2001)


    A CONCURRENT RESOLUTION expressing the support of the Indiana General Assembly for the Women's Health Platform.

    Whereas, State government can increase its support for women's health and can make a significant difference in improving the status of women's health;

    Whereas, Women are different metabolically, hormonally, and physiologically from men and have different patterns of health and disease, and some diseases are more common in women than in men;

    Whereas, Women are more likely to suffer from chronic diseases; more than one in five women have some form of cardiovascular disease and one in two women will have an osteoporosis-related fracture in her lifetime;

    Whereas, Women are three times more likely to develop rheumatoid arthritis and two to three times more likely to suffer from depression;

    Whereas, Women are less often referred for diagnostic tests and less often treated for heart disease than men;

    Whereas, Women, if they are smokers, are 20% to 70% more likely to develop lung cancer and ten times more likely than men to contract HIV during unprotected sex;

    Whereas, Women outnumber men three to one in long term care facilities;

    Whereas, Women are much more likely to provide health care to family members and to make health care decisions;

    Whereas, Women spend two of every three health care dollars;

    Whereas, There is abundant evidence that women are undertreated compared to men;

    Whereas, There is abundant evidence that women are underrepresented in women's health studies;

    Whereas, Although there has been some national attention focused on women's health care issues and some legislative activity by the Congress on access issues, there remains little change in vitally important preventive care and treatment issues;

    Whereas, In a recent survey of voters, almost 80% of women and 60% of men favored a Women's Health Care Platform that supports relevant care, relevant research, and relevant education for women; and

    Whereas, Nine of ten men and women agree that women have the right to have access to quality treatment, the latest technologies, and appropriate diagnostic tests: Therefore,

Be it resolved by the House of Representatives

of the General Assembly of the State of Indiana,

the Senate concurring:

    SECTION 1. That the Indiana General Assembly urges every state agency, state-chartered institution of learning, or recipient of state grants or funding to take appropriate action to achieve improved and equal access for women to quality health care, including state-of-the-art medical advances and technology; increasing the number of women covered by comprehensive health care insurance, including primary and preventive health care; preventing serious health problems by timely diagnosis and treatment programs; promoting strategies to increase patient access to recommended diagnostic and screening tests, preventive health regimens, and recommended treatments; encouraging unimpeded access to women's specialty health providers; creating and promoting public/private partnerships to

develop programs designed to improve the scope and quality of women's health care; improving communications between providers and patients; continuing to expand participation of women in clinical trials; increasing government and private research on women's health issues and the differences between men and women and how they impact quality health care; conducting more health outcome research to demonstrate the value of women's health care interventions and preventive health measures in both the long and short term; expanding medical and nursing school curricula in the area of women's health and education about gender biology; supporting public education campaigns to increase women's awareness about their unique health risks, how to negotiate the complexities of today's health care system, and demand and obtain the best care available; conducting public health campaigns via state and local departments of public health with private sector partners to focus on key women's preventive health issues; urging the establishment of permanent offices of women's health within state government to raise awareness of women's special health care needs and advocate initiatives to address them; fostering development and dissemination of publicly available information on the quality of health care and health outcomes that improve women's ability to choose the best women's health care plan; and expanding state screening programs targeted at lower-income women to include a full range of known risk factors.
    SECTION 2. That the Indiana General Assembly wishes to commend Women in Government for its leadership and enterprise in bringing to Indiana the appropriate urgency of need and meaningful steps that can be taken to attain the improved and equal access for women to quality health care, technologies and treatments, education of researchers about gender differences, and unimpeded access to women's health providers.
    SECTION 3. That the Principal Clerk of the House of Representatives transmit a copy of this resolution to Joy Newton, executive director of Women in Government.