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What the Affordable Care Act Means for Women

By Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway
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Of late, it’s been very frustrating both as a woman and an obstetrician-gynecologist to listen to the political assaults on women. Our very private lives have recently become the fodder of public debate with no apparent end in sight. While the Supreme Court listens to debates regarding the legitimacy of the Affordable Care Act, it is imperative that women understand what this law means to them on a personal level.  CNN recently listed some of the benefits that are worth sharing. Women will lose these preventive benefits if the Affordable Care Act disappears:

  • Bacteriuria urinary tract or other infection screening for pregnant women
  • BRCA counseling about genetic testing for women at higher risk
  • Breast Cancer Mammography screenings every 1 to 2 years for women over 40
  • Breast Cancer Chemoprevention counseling for women at higher risk
  • Breastfeeding comprehensive support and counseling from trained providers, as well as access to breastfeeding supplies, for pregnant and nursing women*
  • Cervical Cancer screening for sexually active women
  • Chlamydia Infection screening for younger women and other women at higher risk
  • Domestic and interpersonal violence screening and counseling for all women*
  • Folic Acid supplements for women who may become pregnant
  • Gestational diabetes screening for women 24 to 28 weeks pregnant and those at high risk of developing gestational diabetes*
  • Gonorrhea screening for all women at higher risk
  • Hepatitis B screening for pregnant women at their first prenatal visit
  • Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) screening and counseling for sexually active women*
  • Human Papillomavirus (HPV) DNA Test: high risk HPV DNA testing every three years for women with normal cytology results who are 30 or older*
  • Osteoporosis screening for women over age 60 depending on risk factors
  • Rh Incompatibility screening for all pregnant women and follow-up testing for women at higher risk
  • Tobacco Use screening and interventions for all women, and expanded counseling for pregnant tobacco users
  • Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI) counseling for sexually active women*
  • Syphilis screening for all pregnant women or other women at increased risk
  • Well-woman visits to obtain recommended preventive services for women under 65* [, updated 1/20/11, emphasis original]
  • Home visits to expecting families


Do women really want to lose these benefits? I think not. 

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  1. CMG

    Thank you for encapsulating all of this in a single post. It never fails to amaze me how much of the truth gets lost (or deliberately obscured) by rhetoric.

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