WOMEN'S WAY leads the Southeastern Pennsylvania chapter of Raising Women's Voices, a national coalition formed to ensure that women's voices were heard and reproductive health concerns were addressed during the federal health care reform debate. This diverse coalition is now advocating for health care reform implementation policies at the state and federal level that support and protect the full range of comprehensive reproductive health care services for women.
Health Care Reform: What It Means for Women
The passage of the Affordable Care Act (also commonly referred to as “health care reform”) brought with it many significant gains for women. For instance, a woman with a pre-existing condition such as breast cancer or a pregnancy can no longer be denied insurance coverage. The practice of gender rating is now prohibited, so a woman can no longer be charged more for a given insurance plan than a man. Moreover, a number of preventative services now must be covered by health insurance companies without a co-pay. These include “well woman” doctor’s visits, diabetes screening for pregnant women, domestic violence counseling, breastfeeding support, and a variety of birth control methods. For more information on what the Affordable Care Act means for women, see the “Files” section below.
If you are uninsured and looking for affordable coverage, you may visit the Health Insurance Marketplace by clicking the icon below. Please note: if you are not eligible for Medicaid, did not apply for coverage before March 31st, and have not had any major life changes since (a move across state lines or change in family size or income), you may have to wait until the next open enrollment period – November 15, 2014 to February 15, 2015 – to apply for health coverage through the Marketplace.
What we’re working on now:
• Helping women and families understand the Health Insurance Marketplace and getting them connected to coverage. Stay tuned for a Pennsylvania-specific Woman’s Guide to the Health Insurance Marketplace, coming out later this year!
• Ensuring women’s reproductive health care needs are heard and addressed during the 2014 Pennsylvania gubernatorial campaign.
• Advocating for full and immediate Medicaid expansion, so that all women and families have access to the health care they need.
Join Raising Women's Voices of SEPA!
If your organization is interested in joining Raising Women's Voices of Southeastern Pennsylvania, please contact Jennifer Horwitz, WOMEN'S WAY's Director of Public Policy and Coalition Chair of Raising Women's Voices of SEPA.