#HERvotes Blog Carnival Takes on Health Care

Welcome to the third #HERvotes Blog Carnival! This time, the focus is on women and health care. The blog posts below contain lots of information about the new benefits from the Affordable Care Act, and offer original insights on what’s at stake for women–especially in the 2012 election. You’ll also find personal stories and analysis of the health care services we’ve gained, and those that will go into effect soon.

Here are some of the most significant changes to health care services for women and families that have come about because of the new health care reform laws:

• All new health care plans now must cover certain preventive services such as mammograms and colonoscopies without charging a deductible, co-pay, or coinsurance.

• Young adults are now allowed to stay on their parent’s health care plan until they turn 26 years old.

• Insurance companies are now prohibited from imposing lifetime dollar limits on essential health care benefits, like hospital stays.

• Insurance companies now cannot deny health care coverage to children under the age of 19 due to a pre-existing condition.

And these new benefits are just the beginning–coverage will continue to increase as a result of the new health care reform law. To find out more about developments, go to www.Healthcare.gov for the most updated answers to your enrollment and coverage questions.

Last but not least: Since many of these resources and stories will help moms and families looking for information about health care coverage, please be sure to share the link to this blog carnival on Facebook and to follow our Twitter conversation at #HERvotes.

Enjoy reading and sharing the many thoughtful and informative blog posts below!

This blog is part of the #HERvotes blog carnival.

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ABOVE: Planned Parenthood volunteers help bring the fight for health insurance reform to the Ohio Statehouse in Columbus. Photo from Flickr user ProgressOhio under Creative Commons 2.0

This blog is part of the #HERvotes blog carnival. Read more HERvotes posts by Ms. and other women’s groups.

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