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Wednesday
Mar202019

Celebrate ACA advances for women’s health!

Help celebrate the ACA’s impact on women’s health!

March 23 will mark the ninth anniversary of signing of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Raising Women's Voices is hosting an ACA Anniversary Twitter Storm this Thursday, March 21, from  3-4 pm ET. We’ll be tweeting about how this groundbreaking law has helped reshape health care in America—especially for women! We will be joined by 18 national organizations that have signed on as co-sponsors, as well as many of our regional coordinators.

Why is it so important to celebrate the ACA this year? While we defeated the ACA repeal efforts in Congress, the Trump administration continues its efforts to sabotage the ACA through new regulations. Moreover, a lawsuit working its way through the courts is threatening to overturn the entire ACA, or invalidate its protections for people with pre-existing conditions.

How can you join the celebration? During the one hour of the Twitter Storm, please tweet and re-tweet as many times as you can, using the hashtag#WinningWithTheACAGo to our toolkit now and check out the links to the free graphics available for you to use and sample tweets.

What has the ACA done for women?

March is also Women’s History Month, and there is a lot of women’s health history to celebrate. After the passage of the ACA, the uninsured rate among women ages 19-64 from dropped 19% to 11% according to a December 2018 Kaiser report. Women of color experienced particularly large coverage gains under the ACA, helping to narrow coverage disparities.

The ACA has truly helped level the playing field for women when it comes to health coverage. The ACA put an end to the common insurance company practice of charging women more than men for the same health plan. It also banned insurers from denying health plans to anyone with pre-existing conditions. While this provision of the law is one of its most universally popular, it is also particularly important for women. Incredibly, some insurers had defined pre-existing conditions to include having had a C-section or having been a domestic violence survivor!

The ACA didn’t just curb many of the insurance industry’s unfair practices. It also introduced many new protections, including requiring insurance companies to allow young adults to stay on their parent’s health plan until they turn 26. This means that more young women will be able to access the preventive health benefits, such as no-cost Sexually Transmitted Infection and HIV screenings. The ACA also gives women access to 18 FDA-approved forms of birth control with no cost sharing. Because health plans must pay the entire cost of prescribed birth control, the financial burden is no longer on the backs of women who do not want to become pregnant.

For women having children, maternity coverage is no longer an add-on benefit that insurance companies charge more for. It is one of the 10 essential benefits included in every health plan. Another of the essential health benefits the ACA requires all plans to include is mental health care, which women are more likely to utilize than men. Insurers must cover mental health care the same way they cover physical health care, without caps on the number of visits or dollars spent.
 
For this week’s Twitter Storm, we have created over 50 graphics -- some of which are shown here --  highlighting some of the advances we gained with the ACA. As usual, we are offering multiple versions of graphics for each topic so that participants can choose those with photos of people who reflect the people they work with. For example, our badges include photos of LGBTQ people, immigrant women, women of color, low-income women and families and women with disabilities.
The topics covered in our social media materials include:

  • Birth control coverage
  • Protection for people with pre-existing conditions
  • Breast and cervical cancer screening
  • Family health
  • Sex discrimination
  • Maternity care coverage
  • Mental health coverage
  • Preventive care for children
  • Staying on parent’s insurance until 26
We hope you’ll join us for Thursday’s Twitter Storm. Please check your time zone!

Time:  
3:00 - 4:00 Eastern
2:00 - 3:00 Central
1:00 - 2:00 Mountain
12:00 - 1:00 Pacific

 

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