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Millions of Women Have Gained Health Insurance Coverage Thanks to the Affordable Care Act

Millions of Women Have Gained Health Insurance Coverage Thanks to the Affordable Care Act

Access to affordable and comprehensive health insurance coverage is vital for the health and economic security of women and their families. The Affordable Care Act (ACA) has made health insurance easier to get and afford, plans can no longer refuse to cover women, and insurance coverage now meets most of women’s major health needs. Now, thanks to the ACA:

  • More than 90 million women ages 18-64 across the United States now have health insurance through an employer, the ACA marketplaces, state Medicaid programs, or another source. This means almost 9 in 10 women ages 18-64 now have health coverage.
  • Five states and the District of Columbia have achieved nearly universal health coverage (95 percent or greater) of women ages 18-64. Prior to the ACA, only one state (Massachusetts) had nearly universal coverage of women ages 18-64.
  • In the majority of states, more than 90 percent of non-elderly women now have health insurance coverage.

Find Information on the Gains Made in Coverage for Women Ages 18-64 in Your State, Below.

Millions of Women of Color Have Gained Health Insurance Coverage Thanks to the Affordable Care Act.

Access to affordable and comprehensive health insurance coverage is vital for the health and economic security of women and their families. The Affordable Care Act (ACA) has made health insurance easier to get and afford, plans can no longer refuse to cover women, and insurance coverage now meets most of women’s major health needs. The Affordable Care Act has been particularly important for women of color who, before the law, were more likely to be uninsured and go without health care because of cost, leaving them vulnerable to a lifetime of illness. Now, thanks to the ACA:

  • Over 33 million women of color ages 18-64 across the United States now have health insurance through an employer, the ACA marketplaces, state Medicaid plans, or another source.
  • Three states and the District of Columbia have achieved nearly universal health coverage (95 percent or greater) of women of color ages 18-64. Prior to the ACA, no states had nearly universal coverage of women of color ages 18-64.
  • In the majority of states more than 80 percent of women of color ages 18-64 now have health insurance coverage.

Find Information on the Gains Made in Coverage for Women of Color Ages 18-64 in Your State, Below.