health care reform
The health care reform law signed by President Obama represents the greatest single legislative advancement for women’s health since Medicare and Medicaid were signed into law nearly 45 years ago. Many Planned Parenthood supporters worked hard to make health care reform a reality.
The health care reform law, despite including unacceptable restrictions on private insurance coverage for abortion, extends either private health insurance or Medicaid coverage to millions of women. It has also dramatically increase access to reproductive health services, including family planning.
Planned Parenthood worked both behind the scenes with members of Congress and their staffs, as well as with White House staff, to include as many pro-women’s health provisions as possible in the health care reform bill. History will record the passage of this law as a victory for women’s health because it:
- extends health care coverage to tens of millions of women and families who currently don't have insurance
- provides newly insured women access to preventive and primary health care from Planned Parenthood health centers across the country
- significantly increases access to reproductive health care, including family planning
- provides $75 million for comprehensive sex education and teen pregnancy prevention
- guarantees affordable access to lifesaving screenings for breast and cervical cancer
- stops the discriminatory practice of charging women more than men for health insurance
- ends the practice of denying insurance coverage because of pre-existing conditions, including breast cancer and pregnancy