WASHINGTON, Aug. 3 -- Rep. Robert E. Andrews, D-N.J. (1st CD), issued the following news release:
Wednesday, Congressman Andrews announced that over 1.4 million women in New Jersey will have greater access to preventative health care thanks to provisions in the Affordable Care Act that took effect on August 1st of this year. Congressman Andrews was a lead author of the Affordable Care Act that was signed into law by President Obama in March of 2010.
As of August 1st, health insurance plans are required to cover women's preventative health services at no cost to patients. These services include testing for sexually transmitted diseases, family planning counseling, and screening for complications during pregnancy. Greater access to these and other primary care services will increase the health and livelihood of women, while reducing the burden on our healthcare system that results when chronic conditions go untreated.
"Because of this law, more women will get the care they need, when they need it, rather than putting it off due to concerns over cost," said Congressman Andrews. "This law will save lives, and save women and their families from devastating medical bills down the road."
Under the Affordable Care Act, approximately 47 million women nationwide will have guaranteed access to preventive services without cost-sharing. As a ranking member of the Health Employment Labor and Pensions sub-committee, Congressman Andrews has been an outstanding voice in support of the Affordable Care Act to improve healthcare for all Americans.
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