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It’s National Women’s Health Week!

May 16, 2013

This week is National Women’s Health Week!

First of all, have you had your well-woman exam? Check out the video below to see what really goes on at a well-woman exam – it’s nothing to be afraid of!

Planned Parenthood health centers provide high-quality, nonjudgmental, confidential health care to women across the country. Click here to find a health center near you, and schedule an appointment.

National Women's Health Week - May 12-18, 2013

But there’s more to Women’s Health Week. Do you know how the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, might impact your access to health care? It turns out most women don’t. The latest polling shows that half of Americans do not understand how the ACA will affect them or their families.  Four in ten Americans are still unaware that the ACA is still law.

And, to make matters worse, Congress is still trying to repeal the ACA. Michele Bachmann has introduced another bill to repeal it; this is the 37th time that House Republicans have tried to overturn Obamacare. No wonder the public is confused.

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor last week: “It just keeps getting worse.”  But actually, 45 million women have benefited already from the Affordable Care Act.

Already, women in our community who have insurance are seeing a difference because insurance plans are starting to cover birth control with no co-pay, and other preventive benefits for women.  Check with your insurer to find out if your plan includes this new benefit and if it includes the method that works best for you –whether it’s the pill, the ring, implants, diaphragms, cervical caps, or an IUD.  And if you’re not insured, starting October 1, you should have access to a new marketplace where private health insurance companies will compete for your business – we’ll post more information about how this is being rolled out over the summer.  Basically, many previously uninsured women will be able to access health insurance for the first time.

Planned Parenthood also offers online tools that can help people start a conversation with providers about health care:  The Check can help users figure out whether to get tested for STDs and My Method can prepare women for a conversation with their providers about the most appropriate and best birth control option.

For more information on the Affordable Care Act benefits and eligibility for coverage, go to



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