The Affordable Care Act Helps Women Stay Healthy
Beginning August 1, 2012, additional women’s preventive services that will be covered with no cost sharing in new health plans include:
- Well-woman visits
- Gestational diabetes
- Breastfeeding support, supplies and counseling
- Domestic violence screening
- Contraception and contraceptive counseling
- HPV DNA testing
- STI counseling, and HIV screening and counseling
These preventive services help women stay healthy, and because they enhance long-term detection and treatment, they also reduce long-term health costs.
On January 20th, Secretary Sebelius announced that certain religious organizations including churches would be exempt from paying their insurers to cover contraception. Other religious organizations, including those that employ people of different faiths, can qualify for a one-year transition period as they prepare to comply with the new law. In recent days, there has been some confusion about how this policy affects religious institutions. We want to make sure you have the facts:
* Churches are exempt from the new rules
* No individual health care provider will be forced to prescribe contraception
* No individual will be forced to buy or use contraception
* Drugs that cause abortion are not covered by this policy
* Over half of Americans already live in the 28 States that require insurance companies cover contraception
* Contraception is used by most women
* Contraception coverage reduces costs
“Rarely are they [Presidents] presented with the kind of defining moment that President Barack Obama experienced when the Supreme Court upheld his health care law.
It’s one that will transcend his presidency, change America’s social safety net and shape how he is likely to be remembered.
Then there’s the catch.
If Obama does not win a second term in November, he risks losing both the [Affordable Care Act] law and the core of his legacy. Republican Mitt Romney will try to gut the law and impose something else. “