July 22nd, 2014

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Title:
Impact of Health Care Reform on Reproductive Service Providers
Authors:  Richard G. Stefanacci, D.O., M.G.H., M.B.A., A.G.S.F., C.M.D.
  The Affordable Care Act affects access to reproductive services in many ways. Beginning in 2014 many individuals will purchase health insurance through the State Insurance Exchanges being drawn to this market by the affordable coverage made even more so by premium subsidies available to lower income individuals. The plans being offered through these exchanges must provide coverage that meets the benefits as defined under the Essential Health Benefits. However, it still remains unclear how Essential Health Benefits will be described and specifically what, if any, reproductive services will be included. Beyond the exchanges low income individuals will have access to the expansion in Medicaid occurring in many states starting also in 2014. Each state Medicaid program is responsible for describing their extent of coverage for reproductive services. Already in place affecting many younger individuals in need of reproductive services is the Dependent 26 provision, which provides coverage to dependents up to the age of 26 under a guardian’s insurance. These provisions of the Affordable Care Act may increase access to reproductive services for many individuals previously uninsured or underinsured.
Keywords:  Affordable Care Act (ACA), health care, health care systems, healthcare reforms, Medicaid, medically underinsured
   
   
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