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.
What we worked on in 2014-2015
• Helping women and families understand the Health Insurance Marketplace and getting them connected to coverage.
• 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.