“Today is a day women should mark on their calendar as one for yearly celebration,” Rose says. “Our health needs and our reproductive rights and concerns have, for the first time, been moved to the forefront.”
Rose, the Democratic candidate for South Carolina’s 1st Congressional District, refers to the latest phase of development in the Affordable Care Act.
Beginning today, preventive services relevant to women’s health must be covered by insurance companies without copayment, coinsurance or deductible fees.
“This expansion of the federal health care legislation is good health and good public policy,” Rose finds.
“We have long known that preventative health care is a far less expensive way to head off more costly and time-consuming treatment later on.
“I applaud the ACA for enabling us to save on health care costs, while receiving more timely and improved care.”
According to the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services, the medical services that insured women will now be able to receive annually at no cost are:
- “Well-woman” visits, or checkups with preventive care such as cervical cancer screening and mammograms;
- Gestational diabetes screening for pregnant women;
- Breastfeeding supplies, support and counseling;
- Counseling and screening for domestic and interpersonal violence;
- Testing for HPV (human papilloma virus);
- Counseling and screening for HIV;
- Counseling and screening for sexually-transmitted infections; and
- FDA-approved contraception methods and counseling.
These benefits will impact approximately 650,000 South Carolina women between the ages of 15 and 64, according to HHS.
The positive results come about despite efforts of the 1st District’s incumbent, however. In February 2011, Rep. Tim Scott attempted to repeal the ACA with his very first sponsored bill.
Since then, he’s voted another 32 times to repeal or defund the Act, and has also signed pledges for its repeal.
Rose’s stand on the ACA is reassured, however, with today’s latest stage in its development.
“It is comforting that women can get their basic preventative needs addressed without a prohibitive co-pay holding them back. Prevention is the key to being healthy and staying healthy, which then allows us to continue to work (in many cases as the head of household), care for our families, and remain productive citizens of our country.”