The Affordable Care Act (2010)

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) covers maternity care, eliminates pre-existing conditions and prevents health plans from charging women more than men for the same coverage. ACA also covers well-woman preventive health services, such as an annual well-woman visit, contraceptives, mammograms, cancer screenings, prenatal care and counseling for domestic violence, as basic health care for women at no additional cost and includes the first federal ban on sex discrimination in health care programs and … [Read More...]


HERvotes Blog Carnival: Celebrating the ACA and New Coverage for Preventative Care!


By Cindy Pearson, co-founder, National Women's Health Network HERvotes is joining our voices together in a blog carnival to celebrate and defend women’s preventive services, including contraception.  Starting August 1, all new insurance plans have to cover seven preventive services with no extra fees.  That means women won’t have to put off their well-woman exam because they haven’t met … [Read More...]

Women’s Health Care Available sans Co-Pay, Beginning Today


By Beth Scott, AAUW Starting today, certain women’s preventive care services will be available without a co-pay to insured women. Although some women won’t have access to these benefits until their insurance-plan year begins on January 1, 2013, this coverage will benefit millions of women across the country. AAUW believes that everyone is entitled to health care that is high-quality, … [Read More...]

Coalition of Labor Union Women (CLUW) Applauds Preventive Services New Health Plans Must Provide August 1


By Carolyn J. Jacobson, creator of CLUW's Contraceptive Equity Project and Cervical Cancer Prevention Works project Thanks to the Affordable Care Act (ACA), starting on August 1,  all new health care plans will be required at the start of their plan year to cover a variety of preventive health care services with no co-pay or deductible. Because some preventive benefits are already in place, … [Read More...]

Diseases/Conditions that Blame the Victim: How the ACA Will Make a Difference for Women


Carolyn J. Jacobson, founding member, Coalition of Labor Union Women National Women's Health Week provides an opportunity to talk about something that’s not on most people’s radar screens, that is, the consequences of blame and shame connected to certain conditions/illnesses – specifically HIV/AIDS, Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs), Diabetes/Obesity and Lung Cancer.  The National … [Read More...]

HERvotes Blog Carnival: National Women’s Health Week


By Cindy Pearson, co-founder of Raising Women’s Voices for the Health Care We Need For the 13th #HERvotes blog carnival, we’re celebrating National Women’s Health Week.  The federal government launched National Women’s Health Week ten years ago in an effort to improve women’s health by building awareness about things like exercise, healthy eating and the importance of regular … [Read More...]