The Obama health care law has been hailed as the most significant milestone in American health care since the creation of Medicare and Medicaid in the 1960s. For women, Obamacare has been even more groundbreaking, the law’s proponents say.
“In my opinion, the Affordable Care Act has been the most important advance in women’s health in my lifetime,” says Dr. Nancy Lee, deputy assistant secretary of Health and Human Services and the director of the Office on Women’s Health.
Lee says that because women are more likely than men to be covered through their spouses’ employer-based health insurance, they have historically been more susceptible to losing coverage if they become widowed, divorced or their spouse becomes unemployed.
Health reform helps change all that and offers women many important benefits.
“The Affordable Care Act provides a larger range of insurance options and more security for women,” Lee says.
Here are five ways women can get the most from Obamacare.