H.R. 3590 – Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act

Feminist Majority F supported a YEA vote

Some 32 million more individuals will gain access to health care coverage. It is estimated that the vast majority of people in the United States, some 95% of the population, will gain access to coverage once the Affordable Care Act is fully implemented  The ACA provides a major advance for women – a Title IX for health care. The law bans discriminatory practices based on sex, race, national origin, ethnicity, age or disability by any health program or activity which receives federal financial assistance. It states that, with a few exceptions specified in the law, an individual cannot “be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any health program or activity, any part of which is receiving federal financial assistance.

Every new insurance policy is required to include the basic preventive health care package without any co-pays or deductibles., including pap smears, mammograms, birth control, STI/STD testing, well woman checkups, immunizations and other preventive care.

Lifetime caps on benefits and discrimination based on pre-existing conditions are eliminated.  Adult children can remain on their parents’ policies until the age of 26 and seniors will benefit from major improvements to Medicare including closing the prescription drug “donut hole” and the inclusion of preventive care without copays or deductibles.