Women's Health Care in the Spotlight
If you're not a woman yourself, chances are you care about one. So it should come as welcome news to see women's health, health care, and health services in the news a lot these days.
Paying attention to women's health needs benefits all of us. The health of families, the likelihood that children get good preventive care, and even men's health and economic stability is associated with mothers, sisters, wives, and grandmothers getting the care they need.
Test your women's health care knowledge! (Answers below & on our website.)
- How many women in Texas began receiving new preventive care benefits--including their insurance picking up the full cost of many screenings, check-ups, and other supports--on the 1st of this month, thanks to the Affordable Care Act?
- Which of the following is now included as preventive care for women under the nation's health reform law?
a) mammograms b) pap smears c) screenings for gestational diabetes, HIV, & domestic violence
d) breast pumps and other supports for nursing mothers e) birth control f) all of the above
- Is all contraception fully covered under the law, or just certain types?
- How much more likely is it that a child who qualifies for children's health coverage will miss out on getting it, if his or her mother remains uninsured?
- Would a woman who is poor or close to poor have to pay the "individual responsibility" tax, if she can't afford the insurance options available to her in 2014?
1) 3.4 million Texas women
2) F - All of the above
3) All contraceptives that are FDA-approved are covered, but some health plans are "grandfathered" in and don't have to pay.
4) The child is three times more likely to remain uninsured if their parent is.
5) No, if coverage costs more than 8% of a person's income, the tax penalty doesn't apply.
Watch for more health care answers, on our Texas Treatment blog.
Last Days to Sign this Petition for Texas Kids!
Last month, we let you know that a group of Texas elected officials have been pitting health care for children against public education, as if our state can't afford to do both right. We disagree and know other Texans do, too. A petition calling for real solutions for health care and schools closes in two weeks. If you signed already, thank you! Please let your friends know to do the same. If you haven't signed, it's not too late. Sign the Texas Forward petition.