Sent to me by email:HUGE NEWS: The Supreme Court just upheld Obamacare—a law that is going to improve tens of millions of American lives and help millions of people get health insurance who wouldn't otherwise be able to afford it. This is a BIG deal.In the coming days, people everywhere are going to be trying to make sense of what this decision means and the unfortunate truth is that most people don't know what's in the law that can help them—for example that it's one of the most pro-woman laws in recent memory. Further, studies show that the more people know about what's in it, the more they support it and more importantly, the more likely they are to use the great benefits in the lawThis is an important opportunity to let people know how they stand to benefit—especially women. So we put together a quick list of what health care means for women and for all people. The list is below. Can you check it out and then forward this email to 10 of your friends?Here are some of the incredibly important protections and opportunities the Affordable Care Act offers women.1
- Being a woman is no longer a "pre-existing condition." Yes, women were denied coverage for just being women before the Affordable Care Act was law.
- Insurance companies can't charge you more for being a woman either. Before the Affordable Care Act was law, women were sometimes charged up to 150% more than men of the same age.
- Breast cancer screenings, cervical cancer screenings, domestic violence counseling and screenings and a whole bunch of other preventive care measures must be covered by insurance companies.
- Birth control is now covered by health insurance.
- Children can stay on their parents' health insurance until they're 26 years old. And if you want to have kids, the law will help you get pre-natal care and counseling and help with breast feeding and supplies too.And here are some of the important benefits for everyone.2
- Insurance companies can't take away your coverage if you become too sick.
- You cannot be denied insurance coverage because of a pre-existing condition.
- Seniors receive a 50 percent discount on prescription drugs when they hit the "donut hole."
- Small businesses get tax credits to purchase insurance.
- There are no more lifetime limits on your coverage.
- 15 million more people will receive coverage because of expanded access to Medicaid.
- Millions of Americans are going to receive tax credits to help them get insurance--people who wouldn't be able to afford it otherwise.
- 12 million seniors are currently receiving free preventative care through Medicare.These are major benefits that will have a huge impact on millions of Americans' lives. Can you take a second to forward this list to 10 of your friends today?Thanks for speaking out.Nita, Shaunna, and Kat, the UltraViolet teamSources:1. "I Am Not A Pre-Existing Condition," RH Reality Check, October 14, 2009
"The Affordable Care Act Gives Women Greater Control Over Their Own Health Care." White House Fact-sheet
"Preventive Services Covered Under the Affordable Care Act," Department of Health and Human Services Fact-sheet
"Women's Preventive Services: Required Health Plan Coverage Guidelines," Department of Health and Human Services Fact-sheet
"Young Adult Coverage," Department of Health and Human Services Fact-sheet2. Complete Transcripts of Supreme Court Hearings on the Affordable Care Act, The Washington Post, March 26-28, 2012