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There has never been a greater need for consumers and consumer advocates to become involved in making sure that health IT actually meets their specific needs, such as providing easier access to and communication with their care team members, more coordinated care, and better access to the information they need to be more engaged in their own health. Advancing health IT adoption has become a major focus of the federal government and state and local governments across the nation.
The Affordable Care Act calls on states to create new one-stop insurance markets, known as health insurance Exchanges, where consumers can search through insurance coverage options and determine whether they are eligible for insurance affordability programs like subsidies. These Exchanges have the potential to offer women new opportunities to better assess coverage options in terms of costs, quality, network adequacy, comprehensiveness of benefits, reliability and responsiveness to enrollee needs.
Under the ACA, millions of individuals and families will finally be able to access affordable health coverage through insurance affordability programs, including premium tax credits, cost-sharing reductions, Medicaid, CHIP, and State-established Basic Health Programs.
The Affordable Care Act requires insurance companies to provide a summary of benefits and coverage (SBC) and a uniform glossary to help consumers make informed decisions about their health insurance coverage.
One of the earliest successes of the Affordable Care Act is the large number of young adults who now have health insurance coverage from their parent’s health plan. Despite this success, the regulations were unclear as to whether an employer offering very low-quality benefits or "mini-meds" to young adults could disqualify their coverage on a parent’s plan.
The National Partnership for Women & Families wants to commend the Obama Administration for the extraordinary effort that has gone into implementing the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) to date. We have long advocated for reforms that ensure access to comprehensive, affordable health care for all women and their families, with an emphasis on the needs of low-income women.
The Department of Health and Human Services announced that it would adopt the Institute of Medicine’s recommendations to include eight categories of preventive services, including all FDA-approved contraceptive methods, as part of the Women’s Health Amendment (WHA) in the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
Many organizations are working to ensure that electronic health information exchange in California fully incorporates the consumer's and patient's needs and perspectives.
The National Partnership and other consumer, patient and labor organizations recommended that multi-state plans, overseen by the Office of Personnel Management, comply with all federal and state regulations, including all requirements to serve as a Qualified Health Plan in states’ exchanges.
In June of 2011, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) introduced the Military Access to Reproductive Care and Health (MARCH) for Military Women Act in the Senate (S. 1214) and Rep. Louise Slaughter (D-NY) introduced it in the House (H.R. 2085).
Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) are a potentially innovative health care delivery model that could provide an opportunity to improve the quality of our healthcare system by delivering coordinated, patient- and family-centered care.
The National Partnership for Women & Families is a non-profit, non-partisan consumer organization with 40 years of experience working to make life better for women and families by promoting access to quality health care, fairness in the workplace, and policies that help women and men meet the dual demands of work and family. In my role as Vice President of the National Partnership, I also represent patients and families on the Health IT Policy Committee.
Over the past several years, the National Partnership has led a diverse, non-partisan coalition of consumer, patient and labor organizations — the Consumer Partnership for e-Health (CPeH) — which works on behalf of patients and families to advance patient-centered, consumer-focused health IT.
Women on average earn less than men and are more likely to live in poverty. Female households, which are on the rise, are especially at risk of of living in poverty. Many women also have caregiving responsibilities, which limit their time and ability to work outside the home and require in additional health care spending.
Family economic insecurity is on the rise. Increasing numbers of women and families are losing employer-sponsored insurance and either going without insurance or enrolling in Medicaid.
Women are often not receiving the preventive or chronic care management services they need to stay healthy. This is especially true for minority women and women with disabilities.
Because women live longer, they make up more than half of the Medicare population and are more likely to have multiple chronic conditions. As both caregivers and patients, older women have borne the brunt of shortcomings in our health care system – high costs, poor quality, and fragmented, uncoordinated care.
Compared with men, women are more likely to be in fair or poor health and face greater rates of disease or chronic conditions on a number of indicators. This is compounded for women of color, women with disabilities, and lesbians.
Members of the Consumer Partnership for eHealth (CPeH) have been working for more than five years to advance patient-centered, consumer-focused health IT (information technology).
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