Women and Health Reform
Ensuring the Health Care Needs of Women: 
Resources for Health Exchanges

Affordability and Transparency

Questions to consider:

 How will women be able to find affordable health care coverage under the state’s health exchange? 

 How will your state ensure costs, including out-of-pocket costs, are transparent and services are affordable for women under the Exchange?

 Will your state develop systems to assist women and their families make informed choices about their plan and tier selection?

Lessons Learned:

California Health Care Foundation, Ten Years of California's Independent Medical Review Process: A Look Back and Prospects for Change

Georgetown University Health Policy Institute and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, The Massachusetts and Utah Health Insurance Exchanges: Lessons Learned

Connors Center for Women's Health and Gender Biology, Massachusetts Health Reform: Impact on Women’s Health Issue Brief

Kaiser Family Foundation, Patient Cost-Sharing Under the Affordable Care Act

National Women's Law Center, Still Nowhere to Turn: Insurance Companies Treat Women Like a Pre-Existing Condition

National Partnership for Women and Families, Why the Affordable Care Act Matters for Women: Expanding Affordability and Choice in the Marketplace


Further Reading:

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Actuarial Value and Cost Sharing Reductions Bulletin

Commonwealth Fund, Oceans Apart: The Higher Health Costs of Women in the U.S. Compared to Other Nations, and How Reform Is Helping

Kaiser Family Foundation, Policy Insights: Transparency and Complexity