Affordable Care Act
The Affordable Care Act (ACA) allows millions of individuals to gain access to insurance coverage and health services, including family planning and sexual health care. According to the US Department of Health and Human Services, 137 million Americans now have guaranteed access to health insurance that covers recommended preventive services without cost sharing. Among them, an estimated 55.6 million women now have access to no-cost preventive services such as well-women visits, contraception, and recommended cancer screenings.
In anticipation of increased demand for services as a result of the law, family planning providers have been modernizing their health center operations including contracting with insurance plans and reforming their billing and revenue cycle processes. Additionally, providers have integrated and bolstered outreach and enrollment efforts necessary to fulfill the goals of the law, serving as trusted sources of information for patients interested in gaining health coverage.