‘Incredibly good news’ begins today for 47 million women, Democrat says
LEWISTON — Legislative Democrats will join health administrators and Cynthia Dill, the Democratic nominee for U.S. Senate, to celebrate new provisions of the Affordable Care Act aiding women that go into effect today, Aug. 1.
The media event is 1 p.m. at Lewiston City Hall. Invited guests include Rep. Richard Wagner, D-Lewiston; Auburn Mayor Jonathan LaBonte; Rep. Brian Bolduc, D-Auburn; Rep. Michel Lajoie, D-Lewiston; Sen. Margaret Craven, D-Androscoggin; Sen. Peggy Rotundo, D-Androscoggin; and Jim Lysen, administrator for the federally funded health care facility run by St. Mary’s in Lewiston.
The Democrat-sponsored Affordable Care Act, upheld last month by the U.S. Supreme Court, will expand health insurance coverage for women and other groups. President Obama signed it into law on March 23, 2010, putting in place comprehensive health insurance reforms that will roll out over four years and beyond. Changes include:
- 50% discount for name-brand drugs in the Medicare “donut hole”
- Expanded coverage for young adults
- Small business tax credits
- Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plans
The eight new prevention-related services that go into effect today are:
- Well-woman visits.
- Gestational diabetes screening that helps protect pregnant women from one of the most serious pregnancy-related diseases.
- Domestic and interpersonal violence screening and counseling.
- FDA-approved contraceptive methods, and contraceptive education and counseling.
- Breastfeeding support, supplies, and counseling.
- HPV DNA testing, for women 30 or older.
- Sexually transmitted infections counseling for sexually-active women.
- HIV screening and counseling for sexually-active women.
“Finally, this change in the law fixes the major gaps in women’s preventive health services,” Dill said. “These changes are long overdue for women and their families. It’s a law that works for working Americans, one I will fiercely protect from attacks as a U.S. senator.”
Under the new Affordable Care Act, women’s preventive health care services – such as mammograms, screenings for cervical cancer, and other services – are already covered with no cost sharing for new health plans. Dill said the new law recognizes and understands the need to take into account the unique health needs of women throughout their lifespan.
New benefits also include health care services for victims of domestic violence, contraceptives and much more.
“The health care reform law is incredibly good news for all women,” Dill said. “It’s the best news for their children and families. Many of the new benefits come without cost-sharing – meaning no deductibles and no co-pays.”
On Tuesday, Dill was in Millinocket to speak with veterans and hear from business owners in concerned about their economic futures.
She made remarks supporting President Obama’s jobs bill that helps the middle class with five major proposals: keeping American jobs at home by removing rewards for companies that outsource, expanding refinance opportunities for responsible homeowners, investing in tax credits for hiring by small businesses, laying the groundwork for economic diversity and clean energy manufacturing, and creating a veterans jobs corps.