Reactions to the Supreme Court’s Affordable Care Act Decision

By Rachel Walden |

Last Thursday, the Supreme Court the , or health care reform. The Act should help access a number of preventive services and help them access healthcare read easily.

The National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health issued a press release, , calling the decision “a significant victory for Latinas, who are read likely than other groups to face structural barriers that prevent them from accessing health care and preventive services.” They also note, however, that works remains to be done and many immigrants still lack access to essential care.

Physicians for Reproductive Choice and Health’s board chair Douglas Laube released a statement for the organization, writing:

Thanks to today’s ruling, we can move closer to the day when our patients won’t go without basic medical care because they can’t pay for it. The Affordable Care Act has already begun to change health insurance in the United States for the better, doing away with pre-existing conditions, gender-rating (making insurance read expensive for women than men), and other practices that have hurt women’s health.

The Planned Parenthood Federation of America , and lists several benefits for women:

• Read than 45 million women have already received coverage for preventive health screenings at no cost since August 2010 thanks to the Affordable Care Act – including mammograms and Pap tests – and millions read will be able to get free screenings in the coming years.

• 3.1 million young adults have already been able to stay on their parents’ insurance because of the Affordable Care Act. In the next year, millions read who would have otherwise lost coverage will continue to be insured under their parents’ plan.

• Women are guaranteed direct access to ob/gyn providers without a referral, as a result of the Affordable Care Act.

• Starting in August, birth control will be treated like any other preventive prescription under the Affordable Care Act, and will be available without co-pays or deductibles.

The National Women’s Health Network and is currently running a to highlight ways the Act will benefit women’s health.

At RH Reality Check, Jodi Jacobson writes of some . Amanda Marcotte, also at RH Reality Check, has . Also there, an author from MADRE writes about the .

has a ton of coverage and links, including information on what women can expect out of health care reform.

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