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We believe everyone, no matter where they live or how much money they have, should have access to basic health care.

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. Under the Affordable Care Act, women now have better access to family planning health services. Approximately 9.5 million women nationally have gained coverage under the ACA since 2014, and insurance plans are required to cover women’s preventive care like birth control without copays.

What is the health care law?

The health care law, sometimes called “Obamacare” or “The Affordable Care Act,” has made health insurance accessible and affordable for millions of people.

The law includes important benefits for all Americans:

  • You can stay on your parents’ health insurance plan until age 26.
  • Insurers can no longer deny you coverage if you have a pre-existing condition.
  • Women can get birth control and other preventive care, like cancer screenings, for free, with no copay.

The law states that most Americans must have health insurance. Millions of Americans will get help paying for their insurance plans. Most people who don’t get insurance will have to pay a fine.


The Affordable Care Act (ACA) has been one of the biggest advancements for women’s health in decades. Since the passage of the ACA, the uninsured rate in Minnesota has fallen by 51 percent, giving an additional 250,000 Minnesotans health insurance coverage.

The ACA ended the denial of coverage for millions of women because of so-called “pre-existing conditions” such as breast cancer, pregnancy, or domestic abuse. Additionally, insurance companies now cannot charge women more for the exact same coverage as men.

Under the ACA, Minnesota was able to expand eligibility for Medical Assistance and Minnesota Care, allowing more low-income people the ability to get insurance. It also required insurance plans to cover preventative care, including all forms of birth control.

What’s going to happen to Obamacare?

The Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare) is still in effect, and will be unless there's a change in the law. That means that birth control — including IUDs and the implant — is still covered without a copay.

Minnesotans who enroll during the current open enrollment period will have coverage throughout 2017, guaranteed, as long as they pay their monthly premiums on time.

And don’t forget…

Planned Parenthood’s health center doors are open to everyone — whether a patient has insurance or not. Anyone come to Planned Parenthood for the expert, quality care they need, when they need it — with or without insurance. For 100 years, Planned Parenthood has been providing expert reproductive and sexual health care. That’s not changing.

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