Thursday, April 5, 2012

Women and the Affordable Care Act

As a woman who is self-employed I've found health insurance to be cost prohibitive. Many American women have run into the same issue, and we've seen in recent months that some of the basic hormonal treatments women use are misconstrued for various purposes (despite being required medication for some women). Women and health care appear to be at odds in the political sphere.

Though we can't fix all the problems women face with Congressional actions, the Affordable Care Act addressed some of the issues women have with insurance rates by regulating insurance companies in regards to not being able to deny women coverage and not being able to charge them more simply because they have particular anatomical features (i.e. a uterus, ovaries, and breasts). In 2014 these aspects of the law take effect (that is, if the Supreme Court doesn't overturn it). outlines all of these features on their website.

The signed Affordable Care Act

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