Affordable Care Act: Added Benefits for Students and Women

Last month, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the Affordable Care Act, which gives students multiple ways to obtain healthcare including enhanced student health plans, expanded Medicaid eligibility, and the option to remain on their parents’ insurance if they are under 26 years old.

Though a majority of colleges require students to have health insurance, there are still some that do not. With the Affordable Care Act, those colleges can now rely on federal regulation to assure that students carry insurance. Students and universities will benefit from more coverage that includes additional students getting vaccinated against preventable diseases, prescription coverage, and free preventative care. In addition, according to a National Health Interview Survey, “an estimated 3.1 million people have already taken advantage of the provision in the Affordable Care Act that allows young adults to stay on their parent’s insurance until age 26.”

Widening the requirements to carry health insurance by this Act will add millions to the list of insured. Caring for this increasing number of people will ultimately result in an influx of workers in all aspects of the health sector. In order to train this necessary workforce, the healthcare law has increased need-based grants by $40 billion annually, reduced repayment rates for federal loans for these workers, and added incentives such as loan forgiveness for doctors and nurses who will enter into in-demand fields.

The law also requires more coverage for women’s preventative care services. According to Lois Uttley, co-founder of Raising Women’s Voices:

“In an historic advance, all new health insurance plans will be required to cover key women’s preventive services without charging us co-pays. Newly-covered services will include contraception, breastfeeding supports (including rental of breast pumps), annual well-woman exams, and screening for gestational diabetes, domestic violence, and sexual transmitted diseases.”

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