MEDIA RELEASE: Women Want Answers from Senator Cassidy About the Future of Their Health Care at Town Hall
Women Want Answers from Senator Cassidy About the Future of Their Health Care at Town Hall
New Orleans, Louisiana - Advocates for women’s health will attend a town hall with Senator Bill Cassidy to push him to address women’s health care in his new proposal. Senator Cassidy supports the repeal of the Affordable Care Act and has introduced a replacement which failsto ensure coverage for preventative health care services for women.
The Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, helped many women gain access to coverage by expanding Medicaid and providing subsidies to buy coverage. Before Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards expanded Medicaid last year, one in five Louisiana women was uninsured. Those women who were insured paid significantly more for their health care than men, which is why the ACA included provisions such as the mandatory inclusion of maternity care, coverage without cost sharing for preventive services such as contraceptives, and a prohibition on charging women more than men for the same plan to address gaps and inequities in women’s health insurance.
“Women are legitimately concerned about what the repeal of the ACA will mean to their health care coverage,” stated Michelle Erenberg, Executive Director of Lift Louisiana. “Under the ACA millions of uninsured women have access to coverage that includes a lot of benefits that are important to their healthcare, like contraceptive coverage. Reports show a jump in the number of women rushing to get long-acting contraceptives, like IUDs, while they are still covered by their insurance.”
A survey by the Kaiser Family Foundation found that the majority of Americans support the ACA’s contraceptive coverage requirement and research has shown women's out-pocket-spending on contraceptives has dropped significantly as a result of the law.
The new administration poses other threats to women’s health beyond repealing the ACA. The President has said he will defund Planned Parenthood, making it harder for women to seek care, and he has nominated a Supreme Court Justices who opposes the contraceptive mandate in the ACA.
Erenberg asked, “Our question for Senator Cassidy is: Are you going to stand up for the women of Louisiana?”
Lift Louisiana is a nonprofit organization engaging people across Louisiana to advocate for and defend reproductive health, rights and justice.