Women May Pay More for Health Care Under Trump
Women's health care—including insurance coverage for contraception and much more—may be at risk under President-elect Donald Trump. For example, prior to the Affordable Care Act, few individual health care plans offered coverage for prenatal care and childbirth. Obamacare, however, requires pregnancy, maternity, and newborn care as essential benefits.
Before Obamacare, women generally paid more for health insurance than men—an inequity prohibited since passage of the Affordable Care Act in 2010. If the law is repealed, preventive health services for women—such as screenings for breast and cervical cancer and genetic testing—could also be at risk. Under Obamacare, recommended screenings must be covered without co-payments or deductibles.
Coverage for other services for women may be even easier to eliminate if Obamacare is repealed or replaced. These include coverage for some FDA-approved methods of contraception, annual wellness exams, gestational diabetes screening, counseling and screening for sexually transmitted infections and for domestic violence, and breastfeeding support services. Rep. Tom Price—selected by President-elect Trump as Secretary of Health and Human Services has introduced legislation in the past to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.
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