“In efforts to reduce the 70% of Americans who die from preventable chronic diseases, women will finally receive preventative care with no cost sharing in their health plans.”
The Affordable Care Act: How It Will Affect Women
On March 23rd, 2010 the Affordable Care Act was passed by Congress and signed into law by President Obama making healthcare affordable and easy-to-access for all Americans. The new law requires health plans to cover recommended preventative services without cost sharing. Eliminating cost sharing such as co-payments, co-insurance, deductibles, etc., for preventative services is significant as they will create more access to services that can help prevent chronic diseases, especially for women.
Studies show that women do not receive many preventative services due to copays and 7 out of 10 deaths due to chronic diseases affecting Americans are often preventable. The new law will also make recommended preventative services FREE for people on Medicare. Furthermore, many private plans must also cover regular well-baby and well-child visits with NO COST SHARING. Staring on or after August 1, 2012 new private health plans must cover these services with no cost sharing. Read the rest of this entry »