Today's Story on How Health Reform Helps Women
Every day this week, Blog for Choice is sharing a story from someone who has benefited from the Affordable Care Act, the landmark health-reform law that President Obama signed two years ago.
Today's story comes from Kate in Indiana:
I have a full-time job, but the office is small enough that we do not receive health-insurance benefits. In the past I have paid for insurance out-of-pocket. I am currently enrolled in school again, partly to get insurance coverage. I graduate in May and will lose my coverage. This summer, my fiancé and I are going to be married and I will be able to get covered under his insurance. However, he works for a private, Catholic university. If the insurance changes affect women's health and reproductive services, I might as well go back to paying for insurance out-of-pocket--which is expensive for a couple just starting out.
So here's our dilemma: pay for insurance out-of-pocket at a crazy price, but have everything that I need covered, or switch to his insurance where there will no guarantee in the future of what women's health services are covered. My mom and my sister have both had health problems related to ovarian cysts, hysterectomy and other issues. For the sake of my health, I need to have continued women's health coverage. So do I really have a choice?
Some good news for Kate: thanks to President Obama, employees of religiously affiliated universities--and their spouses--will soon get seamless insurance coverage of birth control without a copay.
But Kate also hits the nail on the head with what's at risk if anti-choice politicians succeed in rolling back the health-reform law's guarantees.
Kate's ability to access health care depends on the Affordable Care Act--and having a pro-choice president to keep it in place.