The Affordable Care Act (also known as Obamacare)
The Affordable Care Act is arguably the single biggest advancement for women’s health in a generation. It makes it easier for women with insurance to get access to basic preventive care with no additional co-pay—including lifesaving breast cancer screenings and immunizations—and it helps uninsured women (and men!) get access to affordable health insurance that covers quality services.
From no longer being able to discriminate against people based on pre-existing conditions to allowing young people to stay on their parents’ insurance until the age of 26, the Affordable Care Act is working for women and their families.
Under the Affordable Care Act, states were able to expand insurance options to people in two main ways – through private insurance Exchanges and through Medicaid Expansion. Because then-Governor Corbett chose not to create our own Exchange, here in Pennsylvania, our Health Insurance Exchange – also known as a Marketplace – is run by the federal government. It can be accessed at www.Healthcare.gov.
Thankfully, Governor Tom Wolf made expanding Medicaid a priority when he took office in 2015. Now, individuals up to 135% of the poverty level can sign up for Medicaid insurance.