We were excited when President Obama signed into law the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 this past March. But now we have even more reason to be excited! The National Women’s Law Center and the Commonwealth Fund have just released extensive research on the impact health care reform will have on the lives of women across the country. An estimated 30 million women stand to benefit from health care reform. 30 million women!
15 million women who are now uninsured could gain subsidized insurance coverage and another 14.5 million insured women will benefit from improved coverage or reduced premiums. The health care reform bill protects women from many common pitfalls of our health care system: gender discrimination, unfair premium costs, poor access to health services and insurance.
Although some of the provisions of the bill won’t go into affect for another few years, we are still excited for these improvements. Visit the National Women’s Law Center website for the full details on the impact of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010.