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Topic: Women



The ACA guarantees women’s access to preventive services, and prohibits female gender from being treated as a pre-existing condition. Women make 80% of healthcare decisions for their families and are likely to be the caregivers for family members.


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5 Key ACA Standards that Will Impact Family Planning

This May 2011 document from the National Health Law Program, or NHeLP, explains these Affordable Care Act terms – Qualified Health Plans, Essential Health Benefits, Benchmark Plans, Preventive Care, and Essential Community Providers. A grasp of the complex ways these new standards interact with each other is key to understanding how access to family planning services will be impacted in Medicaid and the insurance exchanges.

Women at Risk, and How the ACA Will Help

This May 2011 study by the Commonwealth Fund explores Why increasing numbers of women are failing to get the health care they need and how the Affordable Care Act will help. It is based on findings from the Commonwealth Fund Biennial Health Insurance Survey of 2010.

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