Starting in 2012, privately insured Americans will have an easier time evaluating their health insurance choices: The Affordable Care Act requires all medical insurance plans to use a standard disclosure form. More than 180 million Americans will benefit from this new requirement when it goes into effect.
Clara Barton is widely regarded as an American hero. Her efforts to provide medical services were more than expressions of good will – she linked health care with progress and the power of women during a time when women were considered inferior to men.
Last week we celebrated September 23, the six-month anniversary of the signing of the Affordable Care Act. On September 23, several consumer protection provisions took effect, bettering the lives of millions of Americans. Although it hasn’t been discussed much, these provisions and other parts of the health reform law will have a special positive effect on the lives of the millions of Americans suffering from mental health or substance use disorders.
Reproductive care is basic health care for women—we need it on a regular basis to keep ourselves healthy. During the reproductive years, even a woman without any health problems may visit an obstetric or gynecologic (OB-GYN) care provider more than 50 times!
Many of you have sent in questions about how the new health care law will affect you and your family. We’ve compiled some answers from our experts to help you navigate changes to the health care system. If you’d like to submit your own question, please click here.
Member from Montclair, NJ
Will health reform require new health care plans to cover pregnancy care and delivery by midwifes? Will lactation consultants’ services be covered?
Now that President Obama has signed the health insurance reform bill, it's time to put the nasty rhetoric of the past year to bed and start looking forward to the reality of reform.
The reality is this bill will help Americans throughout the country. It will help those who have insurance by making sure they can never be dropped just because they got sick. It will help small business owners who are being crushed by premiums. And it will help millions of uninsured Americans finally gain access to quality, affordable health care.
One popular aspect of the Affordable Care Act is its requirement that all individual and small group health plans (for people who don’t have traditional job-based coverage) cover important health benefits like maternity, mental health, preventive, and pediatric dental care. Members of Congress and the Trump administration have frequently proposed measures that would eliminate or undermine these essential health benefits (EHBs), as they are known.
The Affordable Care Act improves access to mental health care by offering people with mental illness the opportunity to get affordable health insurance, as well as by including mental health care and substance use disorder services in the benefits that all plans sold in the health insurance marketplaces must provide.
The Affordable Care Act makes health insurance more affordable.