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The Affordable Care Act — a Victory for Women’s Health

This post was written by Mary Ann Petti, MPH, CHES.

It’s been over a month since the Supreme Court ruled to keep the Affordable Care Act (ACA) afloat. But today marks a turning point for the ACA — the start of the women’s healthcare package — a victory for all Americans!

At CommunicateHealth, we are excited to watch the Nation’s healthcare system take a step in the right direction. The ACA will help provide coverage for 34 million previously uninsured or underinsured Americans and will help make health insurance more affordable for everyone.

Until now, women have been historically vulnerable to higher health insurance costs — paying as much as 100% more for health insurance than men. One of the most compelling images we have seen over the last few weeks is this map showing how much more women are paying for health insurance than men — compared to how much they will pay in 2014, with the support of the ACA.

A map of the US showing how much more women pay than men for health insurance by state.

As a Woman-Owned Small Business, preventing gender discrimination in healthcare is at our core. Upholding the ACA is a victory for women’s health. With the new preventive health mandate women will gain:

  • Free access to contraceptives — without co-pays — after August 1, 2012 (or the start of your plan’s fiscal year)
  • Free annual well-woman visits
  • Free cancer, HIV, STI, and domestic violence screenings
  • Free HIV, STI, and domestic violence counseling
  • Breastfeeding support, supplies, and counseling
  • And more!

 

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