The Affordable Care Act (ACA) will transform access to health care for women and girls living with HIV or at risk of HIV. This year, consider using National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NWGHAAD) on Sunday, March 10 to raise awareness in the community about the benefits of the ACA for women and girls.
Women make up approximately a quarter of all new HIV infections each, and women of color are disproportionately affected. NWGHAAD is designed as a day to shed light on the issues facing women and girls living with or at risk for HIV. The ACA is making strides in improving women’s access to health care, and your continued advocacy is vital!
Women and girls face unique barriers to HIV prevention and treatment. For example, women have faced long-standing, discriminatory insurance practices which have made accessing treatment for chronic illness, such as HIV, more difficult. Additionally, other components such as race, socioeconomic status, and gender identity can further impact women’s health needs.
The good news is that reforms under the Affordable Care Act are designed to address some of the unique health needs of women.
The ACA will improve access to insurance coverage by ending discriminatory practices, expanding Medicaid eligibility, and providing insurance subsidies for individuals with low incomes. For example, insurance companies will no longer be able to charge women higher premiums (just because they are women) or deny coverage based on gender. Additionally, insurance plans will have to cover services such as HIV and HPV testing, well-woman visits, mental health services, and pre- and post-natal care.
So on March 10th, take some time to learn more and share with others information about the ways the ACA can help meet the health needs of women living with or at risk for HIV. We have come a long way, but there is still work to be done. Listed below are resources to help with your continued advocacy:
Interested in learning more about the day and local events? Find additional resources and event listings here.
Want to know more about women and the ACA? Here are some additional resources:
- Affordable Care Act Priorities: Opportunities for Addressing the Critical Health Care Needs of Women Living with or at Risk for HIV. This paper from Treatment Access Expansion Project (TAEP), 30 For 30 Campaign, and Harvard Law School’s Center for Health Law and Policy Innovation provides an overview of opportunities to improve access to care for women living with or at risk for HIV under the ACA. Read the full report (PDF), and download the webinar slides (PDF) and learn more about how you can be a voice for women’s health priorities in ACA implementation.
- Women’s Health and the ACA Infographic by UltraViolet
- Ensuring the Health Care Needs of Women: A Checklist for Health Exchanges (not HIV-specific, but still a great resource) from Kasier Family Foundation and others.
National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day is coordinated by the Office on Women’s Health (OWH), within the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
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