President Obama passed the Affordable Care Act to restore health care as a basic cornerstone of middle-class security in America.
From fair pay to education to access to quality health care, the President's agenda is one that showcases his commitment to ensuring that we provide security to working and middle class families by building an economy where responsibility is rewarded, hard work pays, and everyone plays by the rules.
Too often, women pay more than men for their health care, and insurance companies have long been free to discriminate based on gender. The Affordable Care Act is cracking down on these practices to make sure all of us pay a fair rate and have access to the services we need.
As part of the Affordable Care Act, starting August 1st, many insurance plans will be required to fully cover birth control without co-pays or deductibles as part of women's preventive care. This step will help more women make health care decisions based on what's best for them—not their insurance company—and could save them hundreds of dollars every year.
Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius announced that certain religious organizations, including churches, will be exempt from the rules, and other religious organizations will not have to pay for their insurers to cover birth control.
Here's a look at how the new birth control policy will affect women and religious institutions.
Let us know how the new policy will impact your life.
Thanks to unprecedented new guidelines in the Affordable Care Act, women will have access to a wide range of preventive health services—mammograms, cervical cancer screenings, and soon birth control—without a co-pay or deductible. The Affordable Care Act will also prevent insurance companies from discriminating against women so that being a woman is no longer considered a pre-existing condition.
Download this fact sheet to learn more about this important victory for women.