Yesterday I joined a group of entrepreneurs and business women for a visit to the Washington state legislature for a round table discussion about women and girls’ access to technology.
I love the benefits of tech almost as much as I love women’s health, and I was thrilled to be part of this important discussion.
My belief is that technology has a material role in improving access to women’s health services, but it needs to be responsible, safe and secure. In the world of Gennev, that’s means access to menopause experts and education that is personalized to what a woman needs in this time of her life.
Washington, like so many states in the U.S., has a growing number of female legislators. Several of them (and a few good men) joined us for the round table discussion.
They’re really bad-ass.
The breadth of work they’re tackling spans healthcare access, access to STEM education for girls and continuing education for women, improving support for veterans and native communities, transportation, appropriations and cybersecurity.
I’m not much of a policy wonk, but hearing the passion of these congresswomen as they talked about the policy reform they’re working on humbled me.
Afterwards, one of the congresswomen said she wanted to hear more about what we’re doing with Gennev. She was on her way back to the Senate chamber, so I scrambled along to share what we were doing to empower every woman to take control of her health in menopause.
She asked me how she could help.
I could have hugged her.
Gennev's free online education can reach millions of women around the world. Same with our products for symptom relief. But if we truly want telemedicine services to be available for more women, we need insurance reform.
There presently are no codes in the insurance billing system for menopause. Rather, you must book an appointment for a pap exam or something else that your provider can code your appointment to for insurance billing.
Telehealth coverage isn’t much better.
After a breathless, fast-paced walk across the Capitol mall and up the granite stairs, she told me to send her an email with my requests along with examples of telemedicine coverage and women’s health coverage I’ve seen in states other than Washington.
I told her I would follow up, and that was it.
This is what change looks like. A 5-minute conversation. An offer to help. And one passionate legislator who knows how to get things done.
My request of you this week is: if you see smart healthcare reform - specifically for women’s health coverage or telehealth coverage in your state, send it to me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This is where we’re all enabled to drive change in how women’s health is prioritized and supported.