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Report Examines Possible Effects of AHCA on Women’s Health

The Kaiser Family Foundation has published an issue brief focused on how the American Health Care Act (AHCA) – the proposed replacement for the Affordable Care Act (ACA) – could potentially affect women’s access to care and coverage. The brief examines such issues as essential health benefits, contraceptive coverage, Medicaid eligibility, pregnancy-related care, preventive services, and tax credits and cost-sharing subsidies. It concludes that, because the AHCA would alter subsidies for private insurance, eliminate the Medicaid expansion, ban Medicaid funding to Planned Parenthood, place a cap on Medicaid spending and turn essential health benefit standards over to the states, many of the gains made in women’s health through the ACA would be lost.