Women who rely on their jobs as the means via which they receive and maintain health care insurance may be all too aware of the dramatic shifts in coverage over the years. Many of these shifts result from policies put in place by government administrations.
While the original Affordable Care Act attempted to move forward by providing important coverages for women, such as free birth control, many changes have taken place in recent years that may find women facing significant lacks in coverage.
Free birth control one of many targets
A report by the Center for American Progress detailed many changes in the last four years that may have negative outcomes for women. One of these is the option for universities, businesses and health care insurers to opt out of the requirement to provide free birth control via health care coverage plans.
Decisions impacting access to care
Medical facilities that receive funding via Title X are no longer allowed to provide general health care services and abortion services to female patients. They may also not refer a woman to another provider to receive counseling related to an abortion or other abortion services.
In late 2019, another ruling mandated that marketplace health plans must bill patients directly for the portion of their insurance premiums that contribute to abortion services. In some cases, these costs may be as low as one dollar.
This information is not intended to provide legal advice but is instead meant to give female residents in California an overview of the various actions that may impact the level of health care they receive.