For women, there are plenty of advantages to Obamacare

For women, there are plenty of advantages to Obamacare

Dr. Nancy Lee, the deputy assistant secretary of Health and Human Services and the director of the Office on Women’s Health, considers the Affordable Care Act, known informally as Obamacare, as “the most important advance in women’s health” in her lifetime.

Dr. Lee explained that women have historically been underinsured because so many relied upon their husband’s insurance provided by his employer. Unemployment, divorce or death of the husband left women dangerously exposed.

No gender discrimination

Under Obamacare a woman can shop for her own insurance without worrying that she’s paying more than a man is being charged. Traditionally, insurance companies charged women up to 80 percent above what they charged a man. In contrast, Obamacare pricing is gender blind.

Help for mother and baby

Applicants for Obamacare cannot be denied coverage due to a preexisting condition or because a health issue later develops. Previously, health insurance companies were anxious to drop pregnant women due to the cost of taking a baby to term. And under Obamacare once the baby is born a mother is able to add her child to her healthcare plan.

Preventative care

Obamacare pays for a wide range of women’s healthcare services including breast and cervical cancer screenings and contraceptives.

It’s no wonder that Dr. Lee speaks highly of what Obamacare can mean for women. And Newport Health Insurance is here to make sure that every woman gets the affordable healthcare she deserves.

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