Lest we take it for granted, remember: The Affordable Care Act (ACA) has been a game changer for women.
Before the ACA, millions of women were denied coverage because of so-called “pre-existing conditions” like breast cancer, pregnancy, or domestic abuse; some were forced to pay more for insurance just because they were women; and some were only allowed limited plans that excluded coverage for any health concerns they already had.
What’s more, both women and men faced limits on the amount of coverage they could use in their lifetime, so one serious illness could mean bankruptcy.
What Obamacare Has Meant for Women
In the days before Obamacare became law, many women had to pay out-of-pocket for basic preventive health care like cancer screenings, Pap tests, and birth control — costing them hundreds of dollars a year or more.
In fact, before the ACA’s birth control benefit went into effect, contraception accounted for 30% to 44% of women’s out-of-pocket health care costs.
Because of all this, for too many women, the health care they needed was out of reach. The ACA helped change that.
One of the most immediate changes for women was the ACA’s birth control benefit, which ensured that more than 55 million women now have birth control without a copay, and helped women save an estimated $1.4 billion on the pill in the ACA’s first year alone.
Today, millions of women, families, and young people are benefiting from Obamacare — and millions more will benefit as the law continues to be implemented.
We Won’t Go Back
Know this: We won’t go back to an era where women paid more for health care simply because of their gender. That’s why Planned Parenthood Action Fund and our supporters are fighting to protect the health care law.
Everyone, no matter where they live or how much money they have, should have access to basic health care.