The Affordable Care Act has advanced the health of women and children by improving access to care, making coverage more affordable, expanding benefits, and protecting women and children from discrimination based on gender or health status. The law improves coverage for important clinical preventive services and maternity care, requires new Health Insurance Marketplace plans to include benefits for children such as dental and vision, prohibits health insurers from requiring women to pay more than men for the same insurance coverage, and bars insurers from discriminating against individuals with preexisting conditions. Already, millions of women and children have enrolled in health coverage through the new Health Insurance Marketplace or Medicaid since 2013. Medicare's enhanced coverage of preventive services and prescription drugs benefits millions of women. Through improvements in health insurance access and care, the Affordable Care Act will continue to improve the health of women and children from birth into adulthood and old age.
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