What women should know about Health Care Reform

Over the last year or so, there has been a lot of talk about health care reform.  One of the big questions people have is “how will it directly affect me?”  Whether in a positive or negative light this reform will affect U.S. citizens in many different ways. 

There are some benefits to the new health bill but also some drawbacks. Currently many women do not have the coverage they need for themselves and their families. One of the pros to the health care reform bill is that there will be more availability of coverage. The bill also provides convenience when one switches a job or graduates from college.

Preventative care such as mammograms and cervical cancer screenings will be guaranteed. It also will be illegal for insurance companies to drop coverage to someone if they become ill. And insurance companies will also be required to cover higher percentages of maternity care costs.

However, whether or not birth control should be covered is still being debated! Conservatives argue that the main goal of this bill should be to prevent diseases. Although many obstetricians and gynecologists say that planned pregnancies actually help improve a woman’s health. According to economist, Isabel V. Sawhill, she states,“It’s absolutely critical that family planning be considered a preventive service. It could prevent all kinds of health problems, and it would actually save taxpayers money.”

There are certainly many good things about health care reform, but there are several policies that are controversial and may not be beneficial to all women. No health care plan would be required to cover abortion costs. States are able legislation choosing to opt out of offering abortion coverage through the exchange.   But the number one pro to the health care reform bill is that everyone will have coverage. About 266,000 companies stopped providing health insurance to workers from 2000 to 2005 according to the National Coalition on Health Care. With this reform people will have health care and much more coverage than they previously had.  This bill has brought change but there is still more to be done.

To learn more about the pros and cons of health care as it relates to women:

http://www.whitehouse.gov/healthreform      http://www.healthcare.gov/foryou/pregnant/by2014/index.html  http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-503544_162-20000846-503544.html

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