Use It! Sexual Health & the Affordable Care Act (ACA)
The debate about health insurance in Washington is non-stop. Replace. Repeal. The House passed a bill, the Senate didn’t. The President says things, the law says others. If you’re not following the minute-by-minute play-by-play, it’s tough to keep up with the difference between headlines and reality in health care coverage! Beforeplay.org wants to help out – getting down to the bottom line on things that matter to you.
The most important thing to note is that everything is basically the same – but it may not stay that way. The time is now to take advantage of the health care benefits you do have. Getting the birth control of your choice (link: https://beforeplay.org/birth-control/) and most STI tests without having to pay extra are some of them. Your sexual health is important to us (and obviously to you), so now is the time to go to your favorite health center and get the services you need. Don’t know where to go? Our health center locator makes it quick and easy to find one near you.
A couple more things are still in place that may be important to you —
- Up until the age of 26, people can be covered on their parents’ health insurance. If that’s an option for you – take advantage of it.
- Paying for a health insurance plan means you’ve already paid for a range of preventive health services. We already mentioned birth control and STI screening (yay), and there are a slew of other health services for women and men – many of which are sexual and reproductive health care – that you can get without your wallet being hit.
If you haven’t yet, now’s the time to join more than 20 million Americans in getting health insurance. Lots of health plans are still out there and one (or more) may be perfect for you. Online tools can help you compare plans, see if you’re eligible for some help in paying for your insurance plan or if the public health insurance Medicaid is something you can use. Private health plans bought on the health exchange have specific windows of time that you can enroll. The next one coming up is November 1 – December 15, 2017 (in Colorado you actually have until January 12, 2018). If you can use Medicaid for your health insurance, enrollment for it is year round. And, if you’ve had what is called a “life change event” – like getting married (or divorced), having a baby, moving, becoming a citizen, etc. – you can enroll in a new health plan. They don’t stay open forever, so check out the specifics.
Don’t let all the back and forth, up and down swirl of Congressional debate stop you from taking care of yourself. Make use of what’s yours – if you have health insurance, USE IT for what you need. We’ll be rooting for you.
October 3, 2017