The ACA [ Affordable Care act] has brought significant changes to the women’s healthcare in United States. Before the legislation was passed, women could be and often were charged way more than their male counterparts for health insurance and most plans didn’t require to cover contraception.
Insurance companies could also decline to even sell a policy, due to “pre-existing circumstances”, such as for getting treated for sexual assault or domestic violence or having a C-section. Health-care quality of care, access and affordability has improved greatly since the Affordable care act was implemented. Unfortunately, however the most noteworthy exception to this case is the access to abortion.
States opt to drop abortion coverage
The states who have decided to drop abortion coverage are going a step in the wrong decision. As they refuse to cover pregnancy termination, they underpin the belief that women should pay for the essential health care completely on their own- although the same expectations are not applicable to men. This kind of discrimination based on gender and difference in pricing was supposed to be eliminated by the Affordable Care Act.
Such a decision tells the public that the insurance co-operatives do not believe that pregnancy termination is a part of comprehensive reproductive healthcare. Therefore, it further stigmatizes a medically proven and legal procedure, that [ according to statistics] 1 in 3 women will have in their lifetime. It also creates unnecessary obstacles for women who need to end their pregnancy. It is essential that women receive the care they need when they require it, regardless of their insurer or how much they have in their pocket.
Due to such reasons, many women look to buy abortion pills online for a cheaper deal.
Impact of removal of abortion coverage by the states
The decision to drop the abortion coverage, according to States healthcare departments was an “economic judgment”. For many women, the impact is economic as well. In addition to the monetary burden of paying for pregnancy termination out of the pocket, it also limits the woman’s financial security.
When women can select when and whether they want to be a mother, they are able to have better education as well as career opportunities. Therefore, it is unacceptable for states to balance its books on the backs of the women who are already struggling financially.
Life changing decisions like whether one wants to be pregnant or not, women should be able to consider all options regardless of their income. When some pregnancy-related costs are covered such as labor and deliver, excluding abortion, limits the woman’s ability to make necessary health decisions that are in best interest in their life and family. The freedom to decide what to do with their life should not be dependent on how much you have in the bank.
There are many women who sell their belongings, neglect their basic/ household expenditure to pay for abortion or straight up access illegal/ unsafe methods. It is, therefore, important that employers and public in general, everywhere must consider to cover all-inclusive reproductive care in their health plan.