What Obamacare Means For Women: Free Birth Control, Maternity Care and More

what obamacare means for women

If you’re wondering what Obamacare means for you, you’re not alone; since the Supreme Court announced its support of the Affordable Care Act this morning, reactions have been firing from all  corners of the internet, but many are still wondering what this means for their own health insurance costs and coverage.

According to Cecile Richards, president of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, women should be rejoicing. Earlier today, she issued a statement explaining:

At Planned Parenthood, we know how important this law and this decision are for women and families, because we see the need for affordable health care every day. Women who come into Planned Parenthood health centers often struggle to balance paying for birth control and health services with paying for textbooks, groceries, or gas for the car. The Affordable Care Act will make those decisions easier for women across the country.

To get the specifics of how the Affordable Care Act will impact women’s health, specifically—from mammograms and pregnancy to gender discrimination in insurance pricing—we spoke to Emily Stewart, PPFA’s National Director of Public Policy. Here’s the low-down on what Obamacare means for you as a woman:

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    • Bea

      Reading through all of this, it’s hard to see why ANYONE would be against Obamacare. Birth control and maternity care aren’t just good for women; they’re good for EVERYONE–all age groups, men and women, single, married, gay, straight, whatever… How could you not be happy about this?!

    • b3v

      I laughed so hard yesterday when I saw the buzzfeed thread of people against Obamacare tweeting they were going to leave that socialized country and move to Canada..!
      …last time I checked, I’ve had UHC since, hum, birth?
      so happy to see people who are on board, this sounds like a great step.

    • Hardwood Floor Medallions

      I don’t remember how I found your blog, but for the last two or three years I’ve enjoyed it thoroughly. Each time my RSS reader would show your blog with new posts it would be one of the first I’d look at. Thanks for taking great pictures and sharing them with the world.

    • donna

      Nothing in life is free. Who do you think is going to pay the $1.76 trillion costs over the first decade to pay for this program (as outlined by the CBO)? The Tooth Fairy?

      • owen

        Taxpayers. I’m happy to pay more to support the common good. All Americans should be.