It’s no secret that women have different health needs than men — especially when it comes to preventive care.
To address the unique care women need, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) requires insurance plans to cover women’s preventive services along with other recommended preventive services at no extra out-of-pocket costs. Prior to the ACA, there was not a dedicated set of preventive services specifically for women.
The women’s preventive services guidelines are key to ensuring women get the care they need — not just when we’re sick, but throughout our lives to help us stay healthy.
Today, a partnership of organizations that promote women’s health announced the launch of a new campaign, Care Women Deserve, which aims to educate people about the vital preventive services available to women with no out-of-pocket costs.
The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, Black Women’s Health Imperative, March of Dimes, National Women’s Law Center, Power to Decide, the campaign to prevent unplanned pregnancy, UnidosUS, and the United State of Women have come together to inform people that the Affordable Care Act requires insurance plans to provide coverage for recommended preventive services without copay, coinsurance or deductible that are essential to women’s overall health. Many women are not aware of these benefits or believe they have been rolled back.
Now with new health plans going into effect, including new preventive services, it is critical that women everywhere know what’s included in their plan and what services they should be taking advantage of in the new year to benefit their overall health.
The Care Women Deserve campaign has a number of resources for the public to use, including to raise awareness of the women’s preventive services. Supporters can use the following hashtags: #CareWomenDeserve and #GetTheCare