Women in Wisconsin haven’t been holding their breath for Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker to jump on board with the Affordable Care Act (ACA) – after all, he did sign on to a lawsuit against it.
However, even if Governor Walker does not support the ACA, at a jobs summit in Washington D.C. this week, when talking about the anticipating SCOTUS decision, and potential of the health care law being overturned, he stated “[e]ven if that were to happen, we can’t go back to the way things were before.”
Well, we couldn’t agree more, here’s why:
Wisconsin women and their families have a lot at stake in the Affordable Care Act (ACA) debate. As we await the Supreme Court decision, and future of the ACA, we are reminded of the ways Wisconsin women are already winning with health care reform. Why can’t Wisconsin women go back? It’s in the numbers.
- Because we need preventive care. Thanks to the ACA, there are now no financial barriers to receiving preventive services – like mammograms – with a more comprehensive list of preventive services covered in August 2012. Wisconsin women need preventive care, with no additional costs!
Number Wisconsin Women already benefiting from no-cost, preventive care: 413,000
- Because our children need more options for health care. Under the ACA, young adults can stay on their parent’s insurance plan until their 26th birthday. Young adults without coverage get sicker than those with coverage, and account for most of the injury-related trips to the emergency room.
Number of young adults in Wisconsin benefiting from coverage through their parent’s plan: 27,000
- Because there should be no limits to the care we need. The ACA bans lifetime coverage limits. This means that if you get sick, you cannot be denied continued treatment just because you have reached a certain dollar amount while receiving care.
Number of Wisconsin women who no longer have lifetime limits to their coverage: 791,000
- Because we need consumer protections. The “Medical Loss Ratio” provision, under the ACA, requires insurers to spend at least 80 cents to every dollar on health care, rather than administrative, marketing costs, or profits. This protects consumers in Wisconsin and ensures their premium dollars are being spent on their health care. If insures do not comply, consumers will receive rebate checks.
Amount in rebates estimated for Wisconsin consumers: $13 million
- Because our children should not be denied due to a pre-existing condition. The ACA prohibits insurance companies from denying children coverage just because they have a pre-existing condition – like asthma or diabetes. In 2014, adults will be protected from this practice as well.
Number of Wisconsin children with pre-existing conditions who are now protected: 94,700
- Because this is just the beginning. Wisconsin women are already winning with health care reform, under the ACA. And this is just the beginning. For instance, starting in 2014, there will be more options for uninsured women in Wisconsin. Affordable Insurance Exchange will provide a one-stop shop to compare plan prices and choose the right one for you and your family – and see if you qualify for tax credits to help pay for premiums. Plus – with an expansion of Medicaid – low income women who qualify will be covered.
Number of uninsured women in Wisconsin: 180,000