Here are some of the incredibly important protections and opportunities the Affordable Care Act offers women.
- Being a woman is no longer a “pre-existing condition.” Yes, women were denied coverage for just being women before the Affordable Care Act was law.
- Insurance companies can’t charge you more for being a woman either. Before the Affordable Care Act was law, women were sometimes charged up to 150% more than men of the same age.
- Breast cancer screenings, cervical cancer screenings, domestic violence counseling and screenings and a whole bunch of other preventive care measures must be covered by insurance companies.
- Birth control is now covered by health insurance.
- Children can stay on their parents’ health insurance until they’re 26 years old. And if you want to have kids, the law will help you get pre-natal care and counseling and help with breast feeding and supplies too.
And here are some of the important benefits for everyone.
- Insurance companies can’t take away your coverage if you become too sick.
- You cannot be denied insurance coverage because of a pre-existing condition.
- Seniors receive a 50 percent discount on prescription drugs when they hit the “donut hole.”
- Small businesses get tax credits to purchase insurance.
- There are no more lifetime limits on your coverage.
- 15 million more people will receive coverage because of expanded access to Medicaid.
- Millions of Americans are going to receive tax credits to help them get insurance—people who wouldn’t be able to afford it otherwise.
- 12 million seniors are currently receiving free preventative care through Medicare.