In the Spring issue of Ms. magazine, Cindy Pearson, executive director of the , outlines . Some final provisions of the Affordable Care Act are set to take effect in January 2014; Pearson explains how these affect women’s access to coverage, including protections against higher insurance costs for women.
For example, midwives and birth centers can now be covered by Medicaid, and Pearson provides important details on preventive health services now covered for women:
All insurers now have to cover well-woman exams (thanks to the lobbying efforts of women senators such as Barbara Mikulski), contraception and breastfeeding (even the expensive stuff such as IUDs and breast pumps), cancer screening such as mammograms and Pap smears, domestic-violence screening and STI counseling. If you’re working for Catholic Charities or a religiously affiliated hospital, however, don’t bother asking your HR department about any of this: The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has created a work-around so that the bishops don’t have anything to do with your contraceptive coverage.
The print article includes a sidebar (inadvertently left out of the online article) on the not-so-good news: the limitations of the ACA for immigrants and Native Americans, and the political struggles over Medicaid expansion. Check out the full print article for this information and read on enrolling for health coverage, the effects of the ACA on LGBT families, and other issues.
Want read details on health reform and women’s health? Kaiser Family Foundation has published a comprehensive and an for women across the lifespan. Plus, you can .
Over at the National Partnership for Women and Families, you’ll find — a look at how mothers and mothers-to-be, as well as sisters, daughters, grandmothers and aunts, are getting better access to quality, affordable health care — and a of how Medicare benefits women.
Below, nurses provide a quick, clear explanation of the Affordable Care Act.