Countdown to Coverage

Countdown to Coverage

Wednesday, August 1 will mark an important milestone in women’s healthcare across the U.S.! That's the day that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) provision ensuring that critical women's preventive services will be available with no co-pay will take effect.

We stand with other women’s organizations and partners, including Raising Women’s Voices, to celebrate the new health benefits, such as contraception, HIV screening and testing, breastfeeding counseling and equipment, and screenings for STIs/HPV, among others.

After 20 years of engaging with health care practitioners to help improve the response to domestic violence, Futures Without Violence is particularly excited about the ACA’s provisions for women and adolescent girls to receive screening and counseling for domestic and interpersonal violence with no co-pay.

Screening and counseling by a health provider have been shown to make a dramatic difference in the health outcomes for women experiencing abuse from a partner. And the law takes it one step further by enacting provisions so that insurance companies can no longer deny coverage to a woman based on history of domestic violence.

On Sunday, July 29, you can click HERE to read Futures’ Sally Schaefer’s blog about the groundbreaking changes that the ACA will provide.

And next week, our National Health Resource Center, supported by DHHS’s Administration for Children and Families, will introduce a valuable Online Toolkit for Healthcare providers and advocates to meet this new opportunity.

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