As the threat to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) loomed in Congress, your stories have proved why access to comprehensive and compassionate reproductive health care matters. Your stories showed how much the ACA meant to you, your family, or your patients.
The ACA gave patients like Eleanor from New York affordable access to her IUD, but she’s scared she won’t be able to afford its replacement next year. It provided coverage for life-saving cancer screenings for Dr. Rebecca’s sick patient. Threats to this coverage causes immense fear and anxiety in the lives of so many patients and families.
Last Friday, when the bill to repeal the ACA was pulled and we learned the ACA is here to stay (for now), we celebrated these Voices of Courage stories and their impact. While the failure to repeal the ACA marks a victory on the path to maintaining the healthcare coverage we need, we know the fight is not over. We must continue fighting against future threats to safe, affordable, life-saving health care.
Continue sharing your stories about why affordable, comprehensive, and compassionate reproductive health care matters to you as a patient or a provider–or as a patient and a provider!
The House is rushing through a vote on a bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act, which would cut coverage for 14 million people in the next year and could affect Medicaid benefits for 12.9 million women. In response to the scheduled vote, Physicians for Reproductive Health Advocacy Fellow Dr. Diane Horvath-Cosper issued the following statement:
“Today, on the seventh anniversary of the day the Affordable Care Act was signed into law, Congress could vote to take away the ACA’s lifesaving coverage. The proposed ACA repeal bill is terrible for women. It puts comprehensive reproductive health care out of reach for millions of women, especially low-income women, by attacking Medicaid, Planned Parenthood, and abortion coverage. Even more alarming, there are reports of amendments to the bill that would strip out the essential health benefits of the ACA, including the guaranteed coverage of pregnancy, newborn care, and prescription drug coverage in insurance plans. Our patients deserve more consideration than a reckless bill that will do more harm than good. Whether or not this bill passes, it’s reprehensible that any of our elected officials would vote to reduce Americans’ health care coverage.”