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Some New Health Care Law Benefits Not Yet Available To Uninsured Women

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DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – The Affordable Healthcare Act could help Deloris Whittie pay for gas by cutting out her cost for contraceptives. Most women pay an average of $600 a year for contraception. Whittie isn’t all that happy about it because it only helps women who have health insurance.

“I think it’s backwards. If you can afford insurance now, of course you can afford contraception. But if you don’t have insurance, then you go without contraception?” Whittie said.

Planned Parenthood CEO, Ken Lambrecht, disagrees.

“Planned Parenthood sees women every single day with insurance who can’t afford deductibles, can’t afford co-insurance, can’t afford co-pay,” Lambrecht said.

Free services for insured women now that went into effect Wednesday include:

  • Well-woman visits
  • Contraception Counseling
  • Gestational Diabetes Screening
  • HPV DNA Testing
  • STD Counseling
  • HIV Screening
  • Breastfeeding Supplies
  • Domestic Violance Counseling

“Most of your insurance providers provide that stuff anyway,” Whittie said.

But Lambrecht calls the plan, which will affect 47 million women, revolutionary.

“The Affordable Care Act is the greatest advance in women’s healthcare in more than a generation,” he said

Women without health insurance will have to wait until 2014 before they’re provided with the free provisions available for women with health insurance

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