Women and Health Reform

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


Chronic Health Conditions

Questions to consider:


 Will plans be evaluated to assure that they cover a sufficiently wide range of services to address chronic health conditions that disproportionately or distinctly affect women?


 How will plans cover treatment for mental illnesses that women are at higher risk for than men, including clinical depression, anxiety, and eating disorders and meet the standards of federal parity laws?

Lessons Learned:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Preventing and Managing Chronic Disease to Improve the Health of Women and Infants, 2011

Further Reading:

Congressional Research Service, Health Insurance Exchanges Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA)

Jacobs Institute for Women's Health, Women’s Health and Health Care Reform: The Economic Burden of Disease in Women

Kaiser Family Foundation, A Profile of Health Insurance Exchange Enrollees

Urban Institute, Protecting High-Risk, High-Cost Patients: "Essential Health Benefits," "Actuarial Value," and Other Tools in the Affordable Care Act