More life saving health care benefits for women goes into effect today, thanks to ObamaCare. But have no fear women of America, if Mitt Romney gets his way and is elected as your next president, he’s promised to repeal this monstrous law that is saving the lives of many Americans, reducing our long-term deficit and contributing overall to a healthier nation.
How dare Mr. Obama sign such a law into effect!?
Beginning today, comprehensive preventive care coverage for women goes into effect as part of the latest rollout of reforms under the Affordable Care Act. Under the law, almost all new or renewed private health care plans issued after Aug. 1 must cover comprehensive women’s preventive services with no cost sharing, or co-payments.
One local health care practitioner believes the elimination of a co-pay requirement for preventive care is an important shift toward healthier outcomes that will decrease the number and cost of chronic illnesses.
“We have seen there are many women who don’t come in for an appointment because of a $10 to $25 co-pay,” said Margot Kingston, a women’s health nurse practitioner who works at the Families First Health and Support Center in Portsmouth and at Harbour Women’s Health. “More women need routine health care but they don’t get it because they can’t afford the co-payment. No woman should die of cervical cancer because they can’t afford a checkup.”
According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, in 2011 an estimated 20.4 million American women with private health insurance gained expanded no-cost sharing preventive services, including mammograms, cervical cancer screenings, prenatal care, flu and pneumonia shots, and regular well-baby and well-child visits. DHHS estimates that more than 253,000 women in New Hampshire on private insurance plans are now covered by the expanded preventive care provisions. By 2014, all Americans with private insurance will have a wide range of no co-pay, preventive care services as part of their basic coverage.
This new expansion of preventive services with no cost-sharing will cover so-called well-woman visits, which include contraceptive services and screening for gestational diabetes, domestic violence and sexually transmitted infections.