Starting yesterday, women who are insured and employed by non-religious employers who weren’t seeking exemption got a big boost in their health care coverage., thanks to the Affordable Care Act. August 1st marked the beginning of mandatory coverage of well-women visits, HPV screenings, and even no-cost birth control. But reading lists and trying to parse out government documents can still leave some health care information pretty hazy, so Planned Parenthood has released this very-helpful infographic to explain.
Because, aside from the whole free birth control thing (which is pretty awesome, if you’ve got insurance and your employer is OK with it), the Affordable Care Act is making a lot of other critical services not just available to women, but accessible and, well, affordable. Many of these basic, preventative health care services, like breastfeeding support and HIV screenings and counseling, have previously been pretty pricey extras, which most private insurers offered little to no assistance paying for.
Which, of course, was in addition to the fact that, prior to the Affordable Care Act, women also were paying at least a billion dollars per year more than men for their health care, simply because of their gender.
But all of that is, theoretically, changing–starting with the newly-required health care services that went into effect for many women yesterday. This infographic gives you a pretty solid idea of what lead up to the Affordable Care Act, what it’s providing for you now, and what services you can expect in the future. Check it out:
Of course, for some fortunate women with health care, much of this was already covered. But if you’ve ever tried to wrestle your annual exam out of your insurance company (those things are expensive–and they happen every year!) or worse, been in a situation of domestic violence where you were unable to safely seek counseling, these changes are a huge relief.
You can click to see a larger version, or give it a peek at Planned Parenthood’s site.
And, just in care you need a little more infographic love, here’s another great one from UltraViolet.