The Affordable Care Act and Women
The following provides an overview of the coverage and services available to women now and beginning in 2014.
- 26.9 million women with private health insurance gained expanded preventive services with no cost-sharing in 2011 and 2012, including mammograms, cervical cancer screenings, prenatal care, flu and pneumonia shots, and regular well-baby and well-child visits.
- As of August 1, 2012 many health plans now cover additional preventive services with no cost-sharing, including well-woman visits, screening for gestational diabetes, domestic violence screening, breastfeeding supplies and contraceptive services.
- 24.7 million women enrolled in Medicare received preventive services without cost-sharing in 2011, including an annual wellness visit, a personalized prevention plan, mammograms, and bone mass measurement for women at risk of osteoporosis.
- 1.1 million women between ages 19 and 25 who would have been uninsured have coverage under their parent’s employer-sponsored or individually purchased health insurance plan.
- More than 2 million women enrolled in Medicare saved $1.2 billion in 2011 due to improvements in prescription drug coverage.
- Major federal investments in care innovations such as community health teams are improving the management of chronic diseases, which are prevalent among women.
Applicable in 2014 and Thereafter
- An estimated 8.7 million American women currently purchasing individual insurance will gain coverage for maternity services.
- Insurance companies in the individual and small group markets will no longer be permitted to charge higher rates due to gender or health status.
- 18.6 million uninsured women will have new opportunities for coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace.
- State Medicaid programs will be able to offer more opportunities to women who need personal assistance or long-term care and wish to stay at home and in the community, rather than enter a nursing home.
Posted on: March 20, 2012
Last Updated: July 30, 2013