They say an ounce of prevention equals a pound of cure. That’s exactly what President Barack Obama had in mind when he signed the Affordable Care Act into law. He wanted women to have fair and affordable access to the preventive care we all need to stay healthy.
On August 1, the preventive care provisions of the Affordable Care Act went into effect. Now, all new health care plans will be required to cover a wide range of preventive health care services with no co-pay or deductible. These services include:
Breastfeeding support, supplies and counseling
Contraceptive methods and counseling
Screen and counseling for domestic partner violence
Screening for gestational diabetes
Counseling for sexually transmitted infections, including HIV
This is an historic month for women’s health and equality, and AFSCME helped make it happen. AFSCME members were on the front lines in the battle for health care reform. We pulled together to turn the tide for working families in this country. And now, our hard work has resulted in real change for women.
American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees