The Affordable Care Act not only expanded health insurance coverage to millions of individuals who were previously uninsured, it changed the landscape for women’s health insurance coverage and access to lifesaving health services. As some members of Congress consider repealing this ground-breaking legislation, it is imperative to understand the particular damage that repeal poses for women’s health and economic security.
Repeal of the ACA could return us to a world where insurance companies can indiscriminately charge women more than men for health coverage, deny women coverage of critical services, and impose high costs that effectively deter women from accessing care that is essential to their health and well-being. This not only harms women’s health, it also undermines the economic security of families and communities. ACA repeal risks too much for women and families.