Affordable Care Act provides unique benifits for women
Published: Monday, September 16, 2013
Updated: Tuesday, September 17, 2013 02:09
In our society, health care has always been a major concern. Considering the fact that there are more sick Americans with increasing health issues, most are worried about how they will pay off their medical bills.
Many provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) – commonly referred to as Obamacare – will go into effect on Jan. 1, changing the market for health care. Under the ACA, everyone will be required to be covered. Coverage will include lower costs, plans for pre-existing health conditions, personalized assistance for customers in their area, and plans that will meet all the essentials for health insurance.
The ACA will affect all Americans, but one group this legislation will have a strong impact on is women. According to womenshealth.gov one in five women are uninsured.
Some women aren't insured because they do not qualify for Medicaid but they can’t afford increasing medical fees that their health insurance company has established. Some Americans are struggling to make ends meet at home, let alone for their health insurance coverage. If you had the choice would you risk a meal for your family against a doctor’s visit? With the passing of this act, this is a question that most Americans hope will no longer sit in the back of their minds.
The ACA may help women become more health conscious. If costs are lower, individuals will make their health a priority. If health becomes a priority, this could lead to healthier individuals who could influence their families as well as their communities as a whole. Just imagine what kind of impact this form of legislation could have on you or even loved ones.
If the ACA has this strong of an impact on women, does this mean that America will be more open about the importance of the health of women as a whole? This act has already brought many women’s health issues to the forefront. This has already led to greater discussion and has the potential to lead to women’s health issues being more thoroughly researched and understood in our society. This act could give women more options and greater control when it comes to their health.
Whether or not you believe the ACA is good for the United States, it may very well change how we approach not only women’s health concerns, but how we approach all health issues in this country.