Celebrating the Ninth Anniversary of the Affordable Care Act

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Celebrating the Ninth Anniversary of the Affordable Care Act

by Tara Mancini
March 21, 2019
a girl holding a balloon with the number nine

In 2010, Instagram was born, South Africa introduced us to the buzzing sound of vuvuzelas, and Lady Gaga wore a meat dress. It was also the year that President Obama signed landmark legislation on healthcare—the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, or ACA for short—into law.

Fast forward nine years and Instagram has spawned a generation of influencers, some citizens are asking their government to ban vuvuzelas, and Lady Gaga has dropped the meat suit for a more glamorous image. A lot has changed in the world, but the ACA is still the law of the land. True, it has suffered trials (on birth control and more) and tribulations, but the ACA is still standing tall and so is no co-pay birth control coverage! This week we are celebrating the ACA’s ninth anniversary, and we want you to join us!

Join the Twitter storm & spread the word.

The ACA is still in effect, but there’s a decent chance you might have a friend or family member who doesn’t know this or is confused about its current status. Of course, it doesn’t help that the House tried to repeal the law more than 60 times. In 2017, Congress did repeal one component of the law, the individual mandate, which required people to have health insurance or pay a penalty on their federal taxes.

Join the Raising Women’s Voices for Health Care We Need Tweet Storm on Thursday, March 21st from 3-4 pm Eastern (we’re official partners) to show the ACA some love for all the protections and benefits it provides. Use the hashtag #WinningWithTheACA (but not before 3pm ET) to share how you’ve benefitted from the ACA’s coverage and protections. This includes no co-pay coverage for women’s preventive health services like birth control, the ability to stay on your parent’s insurance up to age 26, protections for pre-existing conditions, and much more.

Get the care you deserve, without having to swipe your credit card at the doctor’s office.

After you’re done celebrating, make sure you are using the benefits that come with your coverage. Because of the ACA, 62.8 million women have access to an array of preventive health services, without any extra costs. Zero. I’m talking well women visits; contraception, counseling, and follow-up care; counseling for STIs; screening for HIV, breast cancer, and interpersonal violence; breastfeeding services, and support and more. For the complete list of covered preventive services, visit Care Women Deserve. And don’t forget the men in your life. Share with them what is (and isn’t covered) when it comes to men’s sexual health.

If you or someone you know, are currently without health insurance, you may be eligible for coverage through Medicaid. Enrollment in a private insurance plan through the marketplace is generally only available during open enrollment, which begins in the fall. Check to see if you have experienced a qualifying life event that makes you eligible for a special enrollment period.