To the Editor:
For women, the Affordable Care Act may be the greatest advance in health care in a generation.
Beginning this month, women with new private insurance policies can receive "Well Woman" preventive care at no additional cost, which will certainly help strained family budgets.??
They're going to be able to access these without any cost-sharing any more, which means they won't have to pay a co-pay for going to have their Well Woman exams.
The change prevents women from having to choose their families' health over their own.
If it's going to cost them $40, $50 or $100 to go in and have a Pap smear, many times they'll just delay that or they'll not do it at all.
Expanded services available without co-pays include cancer screenings, pre-natal screenings, breast-feeding support and birth-control supplies. Women with existing coverage will receive the additional services without co-pays within the next year.