The healthcare needs of women are greater, especially during their reproductive years and historically, women have played a central role in coordinating health care for family members, including spouses, children and aging parents.
If your practice focuses on women or children, these are key benefits you can help explain to your patients.
Millions of women are gaining access to affordable healthcare:
- Nearly 19 million previously uninsured women eligible for affordable, comprehensive health coverage
through expanded Medicaid coverage and subsidies for women who lack employer sponsored health insurance.
- Women will not have to pay more than men for the same insurance policies.
- Women can be denied coverage because they are sick or have pre-existing conditions.
- Children and young adults will have greater access to quality care.
Already, 2.5 million more young
adults, including an estimated 1.1 million young women, are insured because the ACA gives them the right
to stay on their family’s health insurance until age 26. Children also have dental and vision care and
there are initiatives funded to fight childhood obesity.
- Women will be guaranteed preventive services such as birth control, mammograms
and cervical cancer screenings, with no deductibles or copays.
- More low-income women have timely access to family planning services by
simplifying the process for states to expand Medicaid eligibility for family planning services.
- Nursing mothers will have the right to a reasonable break time and a place to
express breast milk at work. The law provides the first national standard for nursing moms at work.
- Pregnant and parenting women on Medicaid will get access to needed services.
New and expectant families
will benefit from a home visitation program that pairs them with trained professionals to provide
parenting information, resources and support during pregnancy and throughout their child’s first three
years. This includes services for, and education about, post-partum depression, anti-smoking programs,
violence prevention and more.
- Senior women will have access to coordinated care. By investing in primary care,
patient safety, and the new Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation, the ACA
lays the groundwork to improve quality and coordination of care. This means that
older patients will be less likely to experience dangerous drug interactions, duplicative tests and
procedures, conflicting diagnoses, and preventable readmissions – and their
family caregivers will get the help they need.
- Senior women will save thousands of dollars as reform closes the Medicare
prescription drug coverage gap. Each year, about 16 percent of Medicare beneficiaries, a large number
of them women, hit the “donut hole” in their prescription drug coverage meaning that they are
responsible for paying 100% of drug costs up to the point when Medicare begins to pay again.
- Family caregivers – who are typically women – will benefit from new supports that
help them care for their loved ones while also taking care of themselves. For
example, the ACA establishes Geriatric Education Centers (GECs) to support training
in geriatrics, chronic care management, and long term care issues for family
caregivers, as well as health professionals and direct care workers. The GECs are
required to train family caregivers at minimal or no charge and to incorporate mental
health and dementia best care practices into their curricula.
- The ACA supports evidence-based, medically accurate, comprehensive sexuality
education. The ACA provides $75 million per year for five years to the Personal
Responsibility Education Program (PREP), a state grant program to fund
comprehensive approaches to sex education.