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Warren: Affordable Care Act Showing Results for Massachusetts Families

Warren: "This change in the law will give women greater control over their health care decisions and ultimately will save lives."

The following is a press release from Elizabeth Warren's U.S. Senate campaign:

As two important provisions of the Affordable Care Act reform go into effect Aug. 1., U.S. Senate candidate and consumer advocate Elizabeth Warren praised the positive benefits that the health care reform law is providing to women and families across the Commonwealth.

"By ensuring that insurance companies cover key preventive health services free of charge, the Affordable Care Act is already providing real benefits to women and families here in Massachusetts and across the country," said Warren. "Scott Brown and the Republican Party want to tear up the health care reforms, end these benefits, and spend more time refighting political battles. This is wrong, and I will fight to protect health care reform so that families throughout the Commonwealth will have access to high quality and affordable care."

As of Aug. 1, whenever insurance plans come up for their annual renewal, the companies will be required to cover key preventive services for women free of charge. This change in the law will give women greater control over their health care decisions and ultimately will save lives.

According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, approximately 47 million women nationwide, including over 1.2 million Massachusetts women, are in health plans that must cover these new preventive services without charging a co-pay, co-insurance, or deductible.

As a result of President Obama's health care reform law, women now have access to preventive services such as mammograms, cervical cancer testing, cholesterol screenings, and flu shots, free of charge, as part of their insurance coverage. The new provisions that go into effect today will provide women with additional services including domestic violence screening, contraceptive education, sexually transmitted infections counseling, and HIV screening and counseling.

Dave Hornfischer August 05, 2012 at 03:40 PM
Cute typo. Does Lizzie driive a Tin Lizzie ? More likely her grandmother bought her a Pontiac with that historic native American radiator cover. She probably couldn't afford a Prius? Then again she might want the government to buy us all one. Oops, Prius is a Japanese car, but pethaps made in a non union US state. So many conflicts! She wants to go to work. Does she even have a paying job or is she merely a Harvard Professor? Anyway she is a laughable target and I just couldn't resist when seeing your typo. So much fun was made of Scotty's collegiate buffy photo shots and his overworked truck. To fit your headline, that truck was an affordable car! You might have typed it afFORDable car! Cheers It's fun to laugh on Sunday! D
Susan Petroni (Editor) August 05, 2012 at 03:49 PM
Sorry for the typo, we all make mistakes once in a while. I have corrected and glad it gave you a laugh this Sunday morning. One thing you may appreciate, both Warren and Sen. Brown were in Framingham last week. I thought it was interesting that neither drove their cars. They arrived in the passenger seat of the SUVs. (And sorry, I didn't look to see who made either.)
Jim Rizoli August 05, 2012 at 11:48 PM
So how do men benefit..... Jim@ccfiile.com
David Nolta August 06, 2012 at 02:48 AM
Being a professor is a paying job. Cracking yourself up with partisan drivel--priceless.
Anne Manning August 17, 2012 at 03:06 PM
For both men and women, these preventative tests are now included in the cost of a well visit: blood pressure, cholesterol, colon cancer, diabetes screenings. You will no longer be denied coverage, thrown off your existing plan, or have to pay higher premiums if you have a pre-existing condition. Insurance companies can no longer put a lifetime cap on the amount of benefits you and your family members receive. If you have children that finish high school or college but don't have their own insurance plan, you may keep them on your plan to age 26. Starting in 2014, middle class families will get tax credits to make insurance more affordable. If you are on Medicare, annual wellness visits are free. If you fall into the doughnut hole, you will get a 50% discount on brand name drugs. The doughnut hole will close by 2020. In short, men, women, and their loved ones will have better preventative services and the coverage they require when catastrophic illnesses or accidents occur.

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