Until now, access to basic, necessary care has been limited for too many women. However, the new health reform law provides a remedy with provisions that ensure that insurance plans cover the health services women need, without cost barriers.
Our new law provides a national standard for health benefits called the "essential health benefits package". All new individual and small group health plans must meet the standard, meaning they must cover several benefits that have often been been difficult or impossible for women to acquire (especially in individual health plans). These include maternity, mental health, and prescription drug coverage.