Before the ACA was passed being a women was considered a preexisting condition. Before the law was signed women paid 68% more for out-of-pocket medical expenses then men. 1 in 5 women between the ages 15-44 were uninsured and half of all women delayed or avoided getting preventative care all together because of its cost.
As of 2012, since the law was signed over 45 million women have been guaranteed prevention coverage with no co-pay. This prevention coverage also includes, well-woman visits, increased access to birth control, screening for gestational diabetes, counseling for sexually transmitted infections, HPV testing, Counseling and screenings for HIV, and breastfeeding support. This year Maternity care will be required in new insurance plans. The Affordable Care Act is the single biggest advancement in women’s health in a generation, and in a historic ruling.
This article was written by Victoria, a contributing writer and employee of The Health Insurance Specialists Inc.
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