Health Care Reform Essay

Submitted By joejoe33
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Pregnancy should be an exciting time in a women’s life but can be made stressful with the added difficulties of medical insurance. The Affordable Healthcare Act implemented in 2010 aims to lesson these stresses. Maternal problems and birth complications are significantly more common in women without health insurance, preventing them from being able to receive proper prenatal care. Increasing availability and reducing costs of insurance for pregnant women will greatly reduce birth complications. As of 2010, health care plans are no longer allowed to discriminate. Insurance cannot be denied to women or their children based on pre-existing conditions. In 2014 Health plans based on job status will no longer be able to deny babies with disorders or disabilities (Boone, 2013). It is common sense women those with disabilities are more likely to need medical assistance than those without. Yet we deny those who are statistically more destitute on the simple notion of insurance. Is it not logical to provide those with physical and medical disadvantages better insurance rather than deny it? Inhibiting pregnant women with preexisting conditions proper prenatal care results in even greater complications for the infant. The Affordable Healthcare Act aims to lesson these consequences by implementing a non-discriminatory policy in 2014. One of the biggest goals of the Affordable Healthcare Act is to reduce the cost, and increase accessibility of insurance. One of the aims implemented in 2010 allows for preventive care without copays. Improving access to preventive cares will help reduce disease and consequently also reduce costs for further treatment. This eliminates out of pocket expenses for basic preventive measures, tests, screenings and check-ups. Another highlighted aspect of benefits of pregnant women in the Affordable Healthcare Act is in preventive measures. Insured women are also more likely to use contraceptives than uninsured women. As of 2014, contraceptives will be made available without copays, and tests will be made available for HIV and HPV screening (Boone 2013). Allowing tests for the mother to detect diseases before pregnancy will enable prevention of unwanted pregnancies and transmission of these