Millions of Americans are already benefiting from this new law, and it's only going to get better from here.
Learn more about how health care reform is helping women across America.
Summary of Key Affordable Care Act (ACA) Provisions
The Affordable Care Act (ACA) is the greatest advance for women’s health in a generation.
The ACA will improve women’s access to health insurance coverage, make health care more affordable, and expand benefits — all priorities for women.
Quite simply, reform is making affordable, quality health care more of a reality for women and their families. More »
Expanding Access to Health Insurance
In 2010, the year the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was signed into law, approximately 19 million women — one in five women ages 19 to 64 — were uninsured. By 2014, the ACA will provide nearly all of these women with access to comprehensive health coverage More »
Affordability and Choice in the Insurance Marketplace
Between 2010 and 2014, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) progressively implements an array of rules and protections to make the private health insurance system — including employer-sponsored plans — better meet the needs of women and families. In particular, the ACA will help rein in premium increases, improve the adequacy of benefit packages, and make coverage more reliable. More »
Improving Health Care for Older Women
Access to affordable, quality health care is central to older women’s quality of life and economic security. The good news is that if you are a woman 65 years of age or older, you have a lot to gain from the Affordable Care Act (ACA). More »
Improving Health Care Coverage for Lower-Income Women
The high cost of health care places a particular burden on lower-income women who need health services but often struggle to pay premiums and out-of-pocket costs. The problem has been exacerbated because many insurers charge women higher rates simply because of their gender, thereby putting health coverage out of reach — especially for many lower-income women. The Affordable Care Act (ACA) will dramatically improve access to affordable health care for lower-income women. More »
Better Care for Pregnant Women and Mothers
The Affordable Care Act aims to improve conditions for pregnant women and new parents by providing the services they need to have healthy pregnancies and provide their children with a good start in life. More »
Expanding Medicaid Family Planning Services
Effective immediately, the ACA allows states to expand Medicaid eligibility for family planning services up to the same income level they use to set eligibility for pregnant women, without having to go through the cumbersome federal waiver process previously required. More »
Preserving Access to Women’s Health Clinics
Today, many uninsured or underinsured Americans receive their care from publicly funded clinics and health providers across the country known as essential community providers (ECPs). Many of these providers do not require insurance or any payment. By 2014, health reform will require that all Americans have health insurance coverage, so many people who currently receive services from ECPs will be purchasing private health insurance coverage. Private plans do not generally include ECPs in their coverage networks; therefore, health reform requires private health plans participating in health insurance exchanges to contract with essential community providers.
Covering Women's Preventive Services
For generations, women have faced discrimination in health care. A number of provisions in the Affordable Care Act (ACA) aim to address this long-standing problem. One of these is the Women’s Health Amendment, authored by Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-MD), which specifies that the preventive services requirements in the ACA include preventive services for women.
Comprehensive Sex Education for Teens
The Affordable Care Act (ACA) supports evidence-based, medically accurate, comprehensive sexuality education. Unfortunately, it also includes funding for abstinence-only programs. More »
Restrictions on Abortion Coverage
Unfortunately, abortion is the only health service singled out for less favorable treatment in the ACA. More »