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How Will Women Be Affected by Healthcare Reform?
Written by Your 5News Team
Last updated on January 29, 2013 @ 4:45AM
Created on January 27, 2013 @ 7:23PM
20% of woman ages 19-64 in our state didn't have health insurance two years ago. Once the Affordable Health Care Act goes into full effect only 8% of women will be without it.
 
There was plenty more information for the public to learn about Monday night at an open presentation. West Virginians For Affordable Health Care hosted the event at Valley Healthcare in Morgantown.
 
Presenters are going across the state to help you understand what will happen when health reform is fully implemented. Although they focused on how it will affect women, men still fell in many categories as well. Some things have already been implemented, like young adults being able to stay on their parents policy.
 
"An ounce of prevention is an ounce of cure." In 2014 when most previsions will go into effect, women will get an annual no co-pay wellness visit. Presenters said they'll also have domestic violence screenings and will have access to all FDA approved contraceptives. Women will also be able to go to an OB/GYN without a referral.
 
Despite rumors, the act makes almost no changes in regards to abortion. Government funds may only be used in cases of rape, incest or for the life of the mother. You can't be penalized for pre-existing conditions and all policies must cover preventive services without a co-pay or deductible.
 
"I've been blessed to have healthcare provided for me but I know it's an issue. I have a nephew who's aged out of the healthcare system now. I don't think he has healthcare. He's a healthy 27 year old now but one accident can really put you into a terrible financial bind," said Barb Howe, the moderator.
 
Presenters said very small businesses shouldn't worry, only employers with over 50 workers will have to provide their healthcare.

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