ACA will Expand Coverage to Almost 27 Million Uninsured Women

A new Commonwealth Fund report confirms what many of us have stated – that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) includes a number of provisions that will benefit uninsured and low-income women, particularly when the law is completely implemented in 2014.  The need for health reform is even more critical for women, since the study notes that women used more of their income on health costs in 2010 than in 2001.

Some of ways that the ACA will improve women’s health include:  expanded Medicaid eligibility; coverage of preventive services without cost-sharing, such as mammograms and Pap smears (and fingers are crossed that this includes contraception); federal tax credits for individuals (between 133 and 400 percent FPL) who purchase health plans through their states’ health exchanges; and required coverage of maternity care services in health exchange plans.

The complete Commonwealth Fund report can by found at:   http://www.commonwealthfund.org/Content/Publications/Issue-Briefs/2011/May/Women-at-Risk.aspx.

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