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Women’s Health Issues: Women, Private Health Insurance, and the Affordable Care Act

In the run up to the passage of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), many of the law’s proponents were actively engaged in advocacy that promoted the law’s benefits for women. In particular, there was much attention to the numerous provisions that addressed the long-standing inequities and discriminatory practices adopted by many private insurance plans that disproportionately disadvantaged women. These included charging women higher rates than men, while also excluding benefits important to women, such as maternity care and contraception. As we approach the end of the ACA’s third open enrollment period, it is a good time to step back and reflect what we are learning about how the private insurance reforms and expansions have affected access to coverage for women and to identify where gaps remain.

Medicaid Expansion in Michigan

This fact sheet describes Michigan’s 1115 waiver demonstration project, Healthy Michigan, which expands the State’s Medicaid program under the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

Medicaid Expansion in Iowa

This fact sheet summarizes key features of IA’s Medicaid expansion waivers.

Medicaid Expansion in Montana

This fact sheet describes Montana’s Section 1115 and briefly describes Montana’s Section 1915(b) waivers, together called the Health and Economic Livelihood Partnership (HELP) Program, that expand the state’s Medicaid program under the ACA.

Women’s Health Insurance Coverage

This fact sheet provides updated statistics on health coverage and describes the major sources of health insurance for non-elderly adult women ages 18–64, including employer-sponsored or job-based coverage, Medicaid, insurance in the individual market, and Medicare. It also provides data on the 12.8 million women who are uninsured, and summarizes the major implications of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) for women and their health coverage.

Round 2 on the Legal Challenges to Contraceptive Coverage: Are Nonprofits “Substantially Burdened” by the “Accommodation”?

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) requires most private health insurance plans to provide coverage for a broad range of preventive services including Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved prescription contraceptives and services for women. Since the implementation of the ACA contraceptive coverage requirement in 2012, over 200 corporations have filed lawsuits claiming that including coverage for contraceptives or opting for an “accommodation” from the federal government violates their religious beliefs. This brief explains the legal issues raised by the nonprofit litigation and discusses the impact of the Hobby Lobby decision on the current litigation.

The Role of Language in Health Care Access and Utilization for Insured Hispanic Adults

The ACA coverage expansions may help mitigate some barriers people with limited English proficiency (LEP) face in accessing coverage and care. However, individuals with LEP may still face increased barriers to care with coverage. This analysis examines differences in health care experiences between English- and Spanish-speaking Hispanic adults with insurance using data from the 2014 Kaiser Survey of Low-Income Americans and the ACA.

10 FAQs: Medicare’s Role in End-of-Life Care

About three-quarters of decedents in the US each year are ages 65 and older, making Medicare the largest insurer of health care provided during the last year of life. These Frequently Asked Questions explain Medicare’s role in or coverage of end-of-life care, advance care planning, advance directives, and hospice care. They also provide information on Medicare spending on end-of-life care, changes to the physician fee schedule, and how related issues arose prior to the passage of the Affordable Care Act.

The Coverage Gap: Uninsured Poor Adults in States that Do Not Expand Medicaid – An Update

In states that do not implement the Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), many adults will fall into a “coverage gap” of earning too much to qualify for Medicaid but not enough to qualify for Marketplace premium tax credits. Nationwide, over three million poor uninsured adults are in this situation. This brief presents estimates of the number of people in non-expansion states who could have been reached by Medicaid but instead fall into the coverage gap, describes who they are, and discusses the implications of them being left out of ACA coverage expansions.