Speak Up for the Health Care That You Deserve

October 29, 2013

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As millions of Americans learn more about their new insurance options under the Affordable Care Act (also called Obamacare), they’re also learning that this new coverage provides access to several preventive health services without cost-sharing or copay. There’s coverage for all adults and children and specific services for men and women. These include important things like anemia screening for pregnant women, blood pressure and cholesterol screenings, and immunizations for adults and children.

These services will change the lives of millions of Americans. For the first time, people across the country will be able to take charge of their health care without worrying about the cost. Children will be screened for autism without copay. Pregnant women will now receive prenatal care without the burden of cost-sharing, and all women will be able to access contraception and necessary screenings without facing prohibitive costs. These services will now be covered by health insurance.

Young women in particular will benefit from the Affordable Care Act: No longer will being a woman mean paying more for health care or being denied coverage for any pre-existing condition. So it’s up to women to spread the word. We need to use our voices to speak up in our communities and talk about the benefits of health care reform, how it’s already helping women, and how it will soon help millions more.

Yes, there are apparently problems with the health care enrollment website, including a loss of connectivity last weekend, and AAUW believes those problems should be addressed promptly. But we need to keep attention on the longer term: If people are enrolled by December 15, their insurance coverage will begin promptly on January 1, 2014. And even if people don’t rush, they have until March 31, 2014, to enroll without penalty. So in just a few months, millions of Americans will have access to health care without the obstacle of prohibitive costs. That’s a very big deal.

Speak up. Don’t let politics get in the way of even one woman who needs health care for herself and her family. Women make approximately 80 percent of all family health care decisions, and about 60 percent of women report that they assume primary responsibility for decisions regarding family health insurance plans.

Take action and write a letter to your local paper telling your friends and neighbors about the benefits of the Affordable Care Act’s preventive health coverage and why they should enroll. Everyone deserves access to high-quality, affordable health care. We need you to speak out and urge people to take what they deserve.

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