Read Related: How the Affordable Care Act Affects HispanicsIn the past, insurance companies could deny coverage to women due to pre-existing conditions such as cancer or pregnancy. Under the law, it is already illegal to deny coverage to children under the age of 19 who have pre-existing conditions like asthma and diabetes, and by 2014 it will be illegal to deny anyone coverage due to a pre-existing condition. Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, more than 20 million women with private health insurance are receiving expanded preventive services with no cost-sharing, including mammograms, cervical cancer screenings, and prenatal care. That means that many of us will be able to access the care we need to stay healthy, including lifesaving procedures. And, in 2014, insurers will not be able to charge us higher premiums than they charge men.
Many Latinas face unique health care needs, and often make health care decisions for their entire families. In some cases she is even treated as the family health care expert by tías, tíos and abuelitos.The ACA safeguards women by providing insurance options, ensuring preventive services are covered and lowering costs. The law’s benefits for women will have positive results for families.