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Health Care Reform – Get Ready to Get Covered

Visit http://www.plannedparenthood.org/ppnne/ to find out how you can get you and your family covered.
Planned Parenthood of Northern New England
is a navigator organization in both Vermont and New Hampshire and it is our job to help you find an insurance plan that’s best for you.

The Affordable Care Act, often called Obamacare, marks a turning point for nearly 12 million uninsured women, ages 19-44, in the U.S.  And young women, in particular, stand to benefit dramatically from it. The problem is, most people are confused about what the ACA actually does and how it will benefit them.

A poll conducted recently by the Wall Street Journal/NBC found that 76 percent of people don’t understand the law and how it would affect them. Fifty two percent of uninsured people in the poll said that Obamacare wouldn’t affect them at all.

In fact, the new law will dramatically improve the health coverage and care for millions of Americans – but it’s critical that those without insurance understand what the law means for them, what sort of financial help they are eligible for, and how to get enrolled.

Here are 10 things people need to know about what Obamacare means for them:

  • The law says that next year almost all Americans must have health insurance or pay a fine.
  • Most people making less than $45,960 per year will get help paying for a plan.
  • All insurance plans will have to cover doctor visits, hospitalizations, birth control, maternity care, prescription medications, ER care and more.
  • Prescription birth control will be available for free, without a copay. Every plan will cover all kinds of birth control (pill, implants, IUDs), but the specific brands available without a co-pay vary by insurance plan.
  • Annual well-woman exams will be provided for free, without a copay. These regular checkups may include pelvic exams, breast cancer screenings, STI testing, and counseling on birth control options.
  • Testing for HIV or other STIs will be available for free.
  • Women cannot be charged more for their health plans simply because of their gender.
  • People can’t be denied coverage because of a pre-existing condition such as diabetes or cancer.
  • For people who currently have insurance, coverage is expanding to include these benefits.
  • Young people can stay on their parents’ insurance plans until they are 26.

As the leading women’s health care provider and advocate in Northern New England,  PPNNE is particularly aware of how the new law will impact young women – and we are committed to helping everyone understand how they can get covered.

Women have unique health care needs during their reproductive years. The average woman spends three decades actively trying to prevent pregnancy and about five years trying to get pregnant, being pregnant, or in the immediate post-partum state. During these years, she experiences ongoing health care needs and major health care events. Yet this is also the age when many women have spotty health insurance coverage or none at all. Women ages 18 to 29 need access to health care mostly for reproductive health services, yet they are disproportionately in the ranks of the uninsured: representing more than one-fourth of all uninsured women.

We see this every day at Planned Parenthood. 43,803patients come to our health centers last year for high-quality, affordable health care. Most often, they come for birth control and annual checkups (including cancer screenings), as well as STI testing. The Affordable Care Act will ensure that even more of them get the preventive care they need to catch problems early, stay healthy, and pursue their goals and dreams.

More information about eligibility and enrollment in new health insurance plans is available at www.healthcare.gov, and to connect with one of our navigators to find out more on what the law means for you visit: http://www.plannedparenthood.org/ppnne/

It’s time to replace confusion with clarity – and time to get covered.

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