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Spotlight on Women’s Health

By Angie Stewart

Women’s health issues play a prevalent role in overall health care—after all, women make up approximately 50 percent of the U.S. population. It only makes sense that the largest health reform legislation passed in the United States would address this critical component of the American health care system, from access to health insurance to reproductive health. The new law will potentially expand access to health insurance coverage for women, as well as strengthen the current health care system’s ability to serve millions of women.

To make the dense Affordable Care Act (ACA) as it impacts women a little easier to digest, KFF has released a narrated slide tutorial exploring the impact the ACA will have on women’s health issues. This tutorial offers insight into the key elements of health reform as they affect women. According to the Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF),

“…the Affordable Care Act [ACA] is expected to affect access to care and affordability of health coverage for women…[with] provisions in the new law related to preventive screening services, reproductive health, maternity care and women on Medicare.”

Even before the ACA, many Community Health Centers were doing the work of improving women’s health. For example, the William F. Ryan Community Health Center in New York, NY has a location dedicated to women’s health; Lowell Community Health Center in Lowell, MA recognizes the important role women’s health plays in overall health care; and Shenandoah Community Health Center has a comprehensive women’s health program, offering services in two locations in West Virginia.

How is your health center preparing for the ACA’s impact on women’s health issues?