How Does ObamaCare Benefit Women? ObamaCare gives 47 million women access to guaranteed preventive women's health services. Many of ObamaCare's women's health services were not covered in the past or only offered via co-pays or deductibles. Although many of ObamaCare's women's benefits already gone into effect, many more will be rolled out over the following years. Aside from preventive services, women's benefits also include free wellness visits and provisions protecting women from gender discrimination. Find out more about ObamaCare and women's health services, and how the ObamaCare addresses others women's health issues.
Women across America will benefit from the new provisions and protections in the Affordable Care Act (ObamaCare). As of Aug. 1st, 2012, or at their next renewal date, women will have access to a large number of preventive services which will be completely covered by the insurance companies. These services include:
• Well-woman visits.
• Gestational diabetes screening that helps protect pregnant women from one of the most serious pregnancy-related diseases.
• Domestic and interpersonal violence screening and counseling.
• FDA-approved contraceptive methods, and contraceptive education and counseling.
• Breastfeeding support, supplies, and counseling.
• HPV DNA testing, for women 30 or older.
• Sexually transmitted infections counseling for sexually-active women.
• HIV screening and counseling for sexually-active women.
• Mamograms and Colonoscopies (since Sept 2010)
President Obama has made it clear, "ObamaCare doesn't regulate health care, it regulates health insurance". ObamaCare ensures women have access to preventive services. Providing better preventive care for women will help to bring down the cost of insurance by preventing health issues before they arise. The focus on wellness is in this same vein, helping to ensure that women stay healthy and avoid needing medical services.
ObamaCare Women's Health Fact: Over half the women in the United States have avoided or delayed preventive care due to cost.
Below is a quick infographic created right before the new ObamaCare Women's Health Benefits went into effect. Since then millions of women have taken advantage of these new health benefits and health services.
One provision of ObamaCare that will have an affect on young women across America is called "the Healthy Teen Initiative to Prevent Teen Pregnancy". This initiative is one of the most important, and most controversial aspects of ObamaCare is the focus on preventing teen pregnancy by using evidence based, medically scientifically accurate data, and methodologically sound research to:
(1) to delay initiation of sex;
(2) to decrease number of partners;
(3) to reduce teen pregnancy;
(4) to reduce sexually transmitted infection;
(5) to improve rates of contraceptive use.
Government funding goes to institutions who choose the accept the funds (you can deny the funds and providing the services on religious grounds). While some of the services are controversial, these services only comprise a small part of the bill. Much of the money spent on the Healthy Teen Initiative is meant to prevent STDs and provide education that helps prevent teen pregnancy, only a small portion is spent on controversial services.
ObamaCare provides women with affordable access to women's health services. While many services are provided free (with insurance), not only are women's health preventive services required to be covered by law. ObamaCare does however help to reduce the cost of women's health services.
ObamaCare Women's Health Fact: ObamaCare prohibits health plans from requiring a referral from a primary care provider before seeking coverage for obstetrical or gynecological (OB-GYN) care from a participating OB-GYN specialist.
When it comes to women and ObamaCare one thing that cannot be ignored is the issue of contraception. Contraception can cost women up to $600 a month out of pocket, the results of health service not being available to all women equal has had a great effect on pregnancy, STDs and a number of other related issues.
While you may not agree with women taking contraceptives, it's important to note that ObamaCare takes women's health care out of the hands of insurance companies and puts it back into their own hands. Giving women access to contraception gives women the right to chose and increases their economic security.
Women have gained significant rights and control over their health care from ObamaCare. It's up to each women to decide for herself if she supports the program. Here are some things you should be aware of:
1. Insurance companies will try to grandfather you in to plans that don't cover treatments mandated ObamaCare. Although all new plans will have to cover wellness and preventive services for women, older plans can "grandfather you in" to plans that don't cover these services.
2. Most of the ObamaCare's guaranteed services, which help 47 million American women get better access to better healthcare, aren't controversial at all. Think about what you stand against and what you are for. Standing against the whole bill for a small portion of it may not be your best course of action.
With 47 million women receiving unprecedented coverage of preventive services, wellness services and access to more comprehensive and fairer priced insurance you would assume that just about every woman in America would support the bill. You would be wrong in this assumption. Many women oppose the bill. In fact 33% of Americans (men and women) still want to see the bill repealed.
If you support the Women's Health Services in ObamaCare get the word out and help others to understand them too.
If you disagree with aspects of ObamaCare and how it affects women, make sure you are fighting against a specific aspect of the bill. Remember ObamaCare benefits millions of Women across the United States. Thanks for learning about ObamaCare and women's health services.