The Affordable Care Act is about more than getting a better price on health insurance. One way the act will make a big difference is the care women receive. Not only will more women gain access to maternity care, but those that are disabled or elderly will have more care options. If you’re a woman, pay close attention to what the Affordable Care Act really means for you.
More Women Will Gain Access to Maternity Care
It is estimated that 8.7 million women carrying individual insurance plans will gain maternity care through the Affordable Care Act. This is big news for women who either couldn’t get qualified for such care or couldn’t afford it. The cost to have a baby can reach over $10,000 and in some cases over $50,000 and this is for an uncomplicated delivery. Imagine how much a woman would save by being able to have insurance that covers the costs.
Insurance Companies Will No Longer Be Able to Charge More Based on Age, Gender, or Health Status
Imagine being turned down for health insurance because you’re a 50 year old female. It’s not uncommon. Once women fall into the age bracket where cancers and other deadly diseases are more common, it can be hard to get approved. The Affordable Care Act will ensure that women are no longer singled out or charged more based on age or gender. Even health status will no longer be considered when a woman applies for insurance.
Women Will Gain New Insurance Opportunities
Millions of women have very few options when it comes to health insurance. They are either limited due to their income or health. Under the Obamacare act, 18.6 million women will have more coverage options than before. Imagine how this will benefit women. Finally, women from low income areas will have a fighting chance to prevent and/or beat breast cancer and heart disease.
More Care Will Be Available for Women That Are Disabled or Elderly
Last, but not least, the Affordable Care Act will make it so that disabled and elderly women have more care options. These options will make it possible for these women to get care in their own home rather than being forced into an assisted living facility or nursing home, giving women their much needed freedom.
The Affordable Care Act is about much more than better insurance prices. A number of these changes will greatly affect the health of millions of Americans. Whether it’s the maternity care or the ability to receive care at home, these changes will be life-altering for a number of women.