Chronicling my life as Scott Walker threatens Medicaid and my survival.
Thursday, June 28, 2012
WAWH Supporter E-Update
BREAKING NEWS: Supreme Court Upholds Affordable Care Act
Wisconsin Alliance for Women's Health Statement on Supreme Court Decision to Uphold the Affordable Care Act
response today's decision by the Supreme Court to uphold the Affordable
Care Act, the Wisconsin Alliance for Women's Health Executive Director,
Sara Finger, released the following statement:
Supreme Court's decision to uphold the Affordable Care Act (ACA)
including the individual mandate is a tremendous win for women and their
families, including the 50 million Americans, and over 500,000 Wisconsinites, 180,000 Wisconsin women, currently without insurance.
The Supreme Court ruled, now it is up to the states, including Wisconsin, to make health care,
including comprehensive women's health care, available and affordable
to keep women and families healthy. Moving forward with implementation
of the ACA, insurance will cover more of what we need, when we need it,
making women healthier and making it easier to take care of ourselves
and our families.
We'll have peace of mind that
our children, teens and young adults will be safe, healthier and
covered. Already, parents of 94,700 Wisconsin children with pre-existing
conditions, like asthma or diabetes, have peace of mind knowing their
child won't ever be denied coverage.
We'll be healthier. All
new insurance plans must make basic women's health services, like
[mammograms, pap smears, cancer screenings] available with no co-pay,
services that many women put off or just don't get because of the high
cost. Already, 413,000 Wisconsin women gained access to basic women's
health services with no co-pay. Starting August 1st, we can celebrate
the addition of birth control coverage to this list of services that
must be covered without co-pays. By covering services like birth
control, the new law saves families $26 a month on average - the cost of
a trip to the grocery store - helping everyone in these tough economic
We won't have to worry that
we'll get kicked out of our insurance plan because we get sick. The law
already prevents insurers from cancelling your policy if you develop
breast cancer or other serious illnesses.
We won't experience discrimination because
we have a pre-existing condition. Already under the new law, 17 million
children can no longer be denied coverage due to a pre-existing
condition, including 94,700 in Wisconsin, and starting in 2014 neither
will adults. And women will no longer have to pay more than men for the
same insurance plan.
decision is a critical victory for Wisconsin women and their families.
We are already feeling the positive impact of reforms on our health and
economic security, and look forward to full implementation in