President-elect Trump has promised to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA) otherwise known as Obamacare.
The Affordable Care Act was signed into law in March, 2010. The timeline for full implementation of the Affordable Care Act was from 2010 to 2022. The idea behind this health reform was that we could help to reduce the high cost of emergency,surgery and hospitalized care by reducing the need for it. And that was to be accomplished by 1) extending health services to the millions un- and under-insured persons who use expensive emergency room care for routine care or waited to seek health care until their condition was critical and 2) making free preventive health services available.
Can you remember the way things were before the Affordable Care Act? The following are examples of ways women were affected:Women paid more than men for identical
- Women paid more than men for identical healthcare coverage
- The majority of health plans didn't include maternity coverage
- Those with pre-existing conditions couldn't obtain health insurance
This has changed for many women.
Under the Affordable Care Act, the following are examples of the emphasis that was placed on preventive women's health services:Women would have free (no copay) preventive
- Women would have free (no copay) preventive well woman annual exams
- No copay or deductible required for screening mammograms/colonoscopies
- Free or reduced cost for contraceptives
Since the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, profitable insurance companies have been dissatisfied with their financial returns relative to the ACA implementation. Several insurance companies have chosen to opt out. And those remaining has increased health insurance premiums.This has fueled consumer/patient dissatisfaction, And President-elect Trump has promised to immediately repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.
For those of us who are committed to women's healthcare, these are perilous times. We don't want to go back to the way things were. Healthcare of women and their families should remain a priority With our newly elected President, Senate and House of Representatives, we need to stay vigilant because healthcare is too important to jeopardize.