HealthyWomen is disappointed that the Trump Administration is supporting abolishing the Affordable Care Act in their brief to the Supreme Court. That Federal law has been in effect now for more than six years, and has provided access to insurance to millions of Americans, many of whom are women who otherwise would be without health insurance and thus vulnerable to disease, death and financial ruin. We are particularly disheartened by the timing of this action during a pandemic when job losses linked to the coronavirus are disproportionately impacting women.
Specific to women’s health, the Affordable Care Act requires that health insurance cover 100% of the cost of 28 preventive services including vaccines and tests, such as mammograms, cervical cancer screening, and osteoporosis screening. HealthyWomen has long supported continuing those free preventive services, and continues to do so.
HealthyWomen also has sought to inform women how The Affordable Care Act has created new, faster pathways for biosimilar medicines, saving patients significant amounts of money and improving affordability. If the ACA is struck down, those provisions of law would be erased, leading to higher health care costs for women with serious chronic conditions.
Beth Battaglino, RN-C