Women’s Health Fast Facts: #KeeptheCare
FACT: In the Past, Many Women Did Not Get the Preventive Care They Need
Preventive care promotes health and saves money. Yet, before the Affordable Care Act (ACA) went into effect, many preventive care services were out of women’s reach due to high co-pays, deductibles, and co-insurance. Studies show that more than 50 percent of women delayed seeking medical care due to cost, and one-third of women reported forgoing basic necessities to pay for health care.
FACT: Now American Women Can Get Preventive Care Without a Deductible or Copay
Today, more than 55 million women ages 19 to 64 are covered under most insurance plans for 26 “preventive health services” that prevent illnesses and disease, detect problems early, and keep women and newborns healthy. These services include well women visits, prenatal care, breast feeding support, Pap smears, mammograms, and contraception. In the past, many of these benefits were not covered or only offered with co-pays or deductibles.
FACT: Having Health Care Coverage Has Improved Women’s Lives
According to the latest statistics, 87 million women now have health insurance, including 65 million women with preexisting conditions. Also, due to coverage for contraception, women save an average of $1.4 billion a year in out-of-pocket costs for birth control.
FACT: Preventive Care Makes a Difference
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 100,000 lives could be saved each year if all Americans received the preventive care medical experts recommend.
FACT: Preventive Care Addresses the Health Challenges Women Face
Health coverage matters to women across their stages of life – during and after pregnancy, during their childbearing years and after menopause. Women also experience diseases differently than men or are at higher risks for medical conditions that can either be prevented or spotted early through preventive care and health screenings. For example, urinary tract infections (UTIs) are common in pregnant women and can pose a threat to both the mother and newborn if not treated effectively.
FACT: Many Women Don’t Take Advantage of the Preventive Care Now Available
According to a recent Kaiser Family Foundation poll, six in ten women know that health plans must cover well-woman visits and 57 percent are aware that mammograms and pap tests are covered without cost sharing. However, most Americans remain in the dark about the range of preventive services now covered by health plans. This means that many women are not taking advantage of the preventive care now available to them.
FACT: Knowledge Is Power
Especially at a time when policymakers are considering major changes to the ACA, it is important to know about the preventive health services that are now available under most insurance plans so all of us can make sure that women Keep the Care.