Women and communities of color are especially at risk to suffer if the ACA is dismantled, because we already suffer disparities in our ability to access health care services: Two-thirds of the 23 million low-wage workers in the U.S. are women, and the ACA made health insurance available to many of those women and their families.
The consistent chipping away at the law by conservative lawmakers and judges means those families could mean a return to millions of women losing the ability to properly care for the health of their families.
“If the court rules to strike down the entire ACA, there will be devastating consequences for everyone, but these negative outcomes will be most pronounced for the millions of women with preexisting conditions and, in particular, for women of color and women with low incomes, whose health and economic security would be most at risk.”
Section 1557, or the “Final Rule” of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), sometimes referred to as the Title IX of the landmark law, prohibits discrimination based on race, color, national origin, sex, age and disability in health programs receiving federal financial assistance—and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is intent on dismantling it. […]
A federal appeals court is now deciding whether or not to uphold an earlier lower court’s decision deeming the Affordable Care Act unconstitutional. Beginning today, a federal appeals court in New Orleans is deciding whether or not to uphold an earlier lower court’s decision deeming the Affordable Care Act unconstitutional. Doing so would impact 20 million Americans covered under the landmark law and strip 133 million people with preexisting medical conditions of protection.
Earlier this month, the Ninth Circuit heard oral arguments in a case challenging the Trump administration’s broad exemption for employers from the Affordable Care Act’s contraceptive coverage mandates. Trump’s rules allow any employer to gain an exemption to federally required coverage of birth control in employee health insurance plans by claiming that contraception violates their […]
There are two directions that our country can go on health care in the coming years. The first forges ahead with lower costs, better quality coverage and universal coverage for everyone. The second would take us back to a time when insurance companies could charge more for pre-existing conditions, refuse to cover basic services and cap or limit coverage in order to inflate profits at the expense of our health.
The historic wins for women on Election Day were also victories for the Affordable Care Act and the people who rely on its benefits—and that’s no coincidence.
The thought of health insurance without coverage for contraception, mammograms and childbirth? Plainly, it makes us sick.
“There’s really no basis for Notre Dame to be telling students that they have to either pay copays and deductibles for their birth control or that they have no coverage for some methods altogether. It’s preposterous—and so, we’re suing them.”