Many people don’t know this, but President Obama’s Affordable Health Care Act has a ton of benefits in it that impact women specifically.
1. Being a woman is no longer a “pre-existing condition.” Yes, women were denied coverage for just being women before the Affordable Care Act was law. Insurance companies would classify pregnancy, c-sections or even being a domestic violence or rape survivor as pre-existing conditions and deny coverage on that basis. Women will no longer be denied care for pre-existing conditions.
2. Insurance companies can’t charge you more for being a woman either. Before the Affordable Care Act was law, women were sometimes charged up to 150% more than men of the same age. The health care law makes gender discrimination illegal.
3. Preventative Coverage Is Required. Breast cancer screenings, cervical cancer screenings, domestic violence counseling and screenings and a whole bunch of other preventive care measures must be covered by insurance companies.
4. You also don’t need copay for birth control anymore. And when 1 in 3 women in our country can’t afford it, that’s a big deal.
5. Have kids? Or want to? The law helps with that too. If you have kids, they can stay on your health insurance until they’re 26 years old. And if you want to have kids, the law will help you get pre-natal care and counseling. Thinking about breast feeding? Now you can get coaching and supplies for that covered by insurance too.
See this link for more details.