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The health care law, also known as the Affordable Care Act or Obamacare, has already done so much for women — and it's just getting started. We're working to make sure that women and families continue to get the health care they need.

Highlights

Reports & Toolkits | State of Women’s Coverage: Health Plan Violations of the Affordable Care Act

April 28, 2015
The health care law was a historic step forward for women and their families. But are health plans fulfilling the promise of the Affordable Care Act? State of Women’s Coverage: Health Plan Violations of the Affordable Care Act assesses coverage of women’s health services by analyzing coverage offered on health insurance Marketplaces by more than 100 insurance companies in 15 states during 2014 and 2015 and found that more than half of the issuers were violating the ACA. State of Birth Control Coverage: Health Plan Violations of the Affordable Care Act goes in-depth into coverage of FDA-approved birth control methods and found widespread violations of the ACA’s requirement that all such methods be covered without co-payments or deductibles.
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Infographics and Internet Memes | Women at Risk of Losing Affordable Health Insurance

June 25, 2015

King v. Burwell is a Supreme Court case that challenges the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The case focuses on the financial help, in the form of tax credits, provided to low and moderate-income individuals and their families — the majority of whom are women — to make monthly health insurance premiums more affordable.

UPDATE:  In a 6 – 3 decision, the Court ruled in King v. Burwell that the law allows the federal government to provide tax credits to offset the cost of insurance purchased from the federally-facilitated health insurance Marketplaces—a core aspect of the ACA.

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Fact Sheet | The Patient CARE Act - Second Verse, Same as the First

February 6, 2015

Senator Hatch, Senator Burr, and Representative Upton recently unveiled the 2015 iteration of the Patient CARE Act, a proposal that would significantly roll back the health coverage, guaranteed benefits, and consumer protections women and their families enjoy under current law. This proposal would completely repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and substitute limited reforms that would result in higher costs and more limited coverage. The Patient CARE Act has not been introduced in Congress, so legislative language is not yet available, but summary documents reveal how dramatically this proposal – like its 2014 predecessor – would undermine women’s access to affordable health insurance and comprehensive health care.

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Legal Briefs & Testimony | King v. Burwell Amicus Brief

January 28, 2015

The National Women’s Law Center and law firm Hogan Lovells submitted an amicusbrief on behalf of 68 organizations in the Supreme Court case, King v. Burwell, brought by plaintiffs challenging a core provision of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The Court will consider whether the ACA allows the federal government to provide subsidies to individuals and families who buy insurance from the federally-facilitated health insurance Marketplaces, also known as Exchanges. The brief argues that a ruling for the challengers in King would thwart one of the main objectives of the law: to make health insurance more affordable and thus attainable for millions of Americans. 

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More Resources

Infographics and Internet Memes | Women at Risk of Losing Affordable Health Insurance

June 25, 2015

Fact Sheet | The Health Care Conscience Rights Act Would Undermine Laws that Protect Women's and Families' Access to Health Care

June 24, 2015

Reports & Toolkits | State of Breastfeeding Coverage: Health Plan Violations of the Affordable Care Act

May 20, 2015

Legal Briefs & Testimony | NWLC Amicus Briefs Supporting the Contraceptive Coverage Benefit

May 19, 2015

Fact Sheet, Reports & Toolkits | A Women’s Economic Agenda Must Help Women and Families Succeed

May 12, 2015