National Partnership for Women & Families

Health Care

The Affordable Care Act is the law of the land. It’s the greatest advance for women’s health in a generation, and the National Partnership fought hard for its passage.

Health reform is a victory for every woman who has been unable to afford health coverage. It is a victory for every woman who has been overcharged because of her gender or denied coverage because of age or health status. It is a victory for every woman who has struggled to get the prenatal, maternity and preventive care she needs. And it is a victory for patients and caregivers who struggle to navigate a fragmented, uncoordinated system.

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Much more work lies ahead. That’s why we are working every day to ensure this historic law is implemented effectively. And we won’t stop until our health care system finally delivers the quality, coordinated, patient- and family-centered, comprehensive health care that women and families deserve.

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In the News

Final EEOC Rule Sets Limits For Financial Incentives On Wellness Programs - Kaiser Health News

“This could coerce employees into providing information that they would otherwise not provide about their health,” said Sarah Fleisch Fink, senior policy counsel with the National Partnership on Women & Families, which was among dozens of groups that wrote comment letters seeking changes in the draft rule. Read More

Blog Post

Further Improvements to ACA Marketplace Websites Are Helping Consumers Find the Right Health Insurance Plans, but More Progress Needed

During the third open enrollment period, which ran from November 2015 through January 2016, roughly 12.7 million people purchased health insurance through the marketplace. Read More

Resources

Supporting Informed Decision-Making in the Health Insurance Marketplace: A Progress Report for 2016

This report looks at the tools that were available during the third open enrollment period to consumers who were window shopping on HealthCare.gov, which is used in 38 states, and on the 13 state-based marketplace websites. It was conducted in January and supplemented by six focus groups in five states with consumers who had shopped on marketplace websites. It builds on a 2015 analysis of the features available on marketplace websites during the second open enrollment period. Read More

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