1:16 PM Eastern - Thursday, March 24, 2011

The Affordable Care Act: Making the difference between life and death for countless women #the-healthcare-law

St. Louis, Missouri SEIU member Curry Ervin recently lost a dear friend to breast cancer.

After undergoing a double mastectomy, his friend had to stop her treatment because her health insurance would no longer cover it and she could not afford to pay out of pocket. Within three days of stopping her treatment, she had passed away.

Breast cancer continues to be the most commonly diagnosed cancer among women in the U.S., with women who are uninsured or underinsured dying from the disease at a disproportionately high rate. Yet had Curry's friend been able to receive the benefits of the Affordable Care Act, her story could have had a very different ending.

What you need to know about benefits for women and families

ProtectWomensHealth_sm220px.jpgThe Affordable Care Act will help women with breast cancer catch the disease in the early stages. Under the law, millions of women will receive free preventive care, including mammograms and cancer screenings, and lifetime caps on insurance coverage will be a thing of the past.

The health care law ends the worst insurance company abuses, making it illegal for insurers to

  1. Charge women higher rates than men for the same kind of coverage.
  2. Limit the amount of coverage you can receive in a year or in a lifetime.
  3. Deny coverage to women who have had C-sections or who have been victims of domestic violence by claiming they have pre-existing conditions.

More facts on how the ACA gives women greater control over their own healthcare.

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