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Extreme Blunt Amendment Could Put Preventive Care For Over 20M Women At Risk

Including Access To Contraception, Mammograms, and Prenatal Screenings

Feb 28, 2012
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***STATE BY STATE DATA AVAILABLE***

EXTREME BLUNT AMENDMENT COULD PUT PREVENTIVE CARE FOR OVER 20M WOMEN AT RISK - INCLUDING ACCESS TO CONTRACEPTION,  MAMMOGRAMS AND PRENATAL SCREENINGS

An Estimated 20.4 Million Women Are Currently Benefiting From Preventive Health Services Guaranteed Under Affordable Care Act

Blunt Amendment Is So Far Reaching It Would Allow Any Corporation or Health Plan to Deny Women and Their Families Access to These Services For Virtually Any Reason

Amendment Set to Receive Senate Vote As Early As This Week

Washington, DC - Today the Democratic Policy and Communications Center released state-by-state data on the potential impact of Senator Roy Blunt's (R-MO) so called "Respect for Rights of Conscience Act" on women's access to preventive care.  Data recently compiled by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) shows that an estimated 20.4 million women are now taking advantage of preventive health care services provided under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), and the Blunt legislation could put their access to these services at risk.  These services will include contraception, mammograms, pre-natal screenings, cervical cancer screenings, flu shots andmuch more.  The legislation has been introduced as an amendment to the surface transportation bill and will likely get a vote in the Senate as early as this week. 

A state by state breakdown of the data can be found below and here.

Under the Affordable Care Act many insurance plans are now required to provide free coverage for certain recommended preventive health services.  The Blunt Amendment is so extreme that it would allow any corporation or health plan to deny access to these services, for any reason.  It provides employers with extraordinarily wide and unprecedented latitude over what should be covered.  A corporation could decide, for example, that cancer screenings are driving up their insurance costs and remove them from their health plan.  An employer could also deny prenatal care for expecting mothers.

 

Estimated Number of Women That Could Lose Access to Preventive Care Under the Blunt Amendment

State

Women

Alabama

319,000

Alaska

44,000

Arizona

389,000

Arkansas

170,000

California

2,286,000

Colorado

362,000

Connecticut

270,000

Delaware

61,000

District of Columbia

47,000

Florida

1,104,000

Georgia

654,000

Hawaii

90,000

Idaho

100,000

Illinois

898,000

Indiana

421,000

Iowa

225,000

Kansas

198,000

Kentucky

274,000

Louisiana

275,000

Maine

91,000

Maryland

448,000

Massachusetts

517,000

Michigan

692,000

Minnesota

392,000

Mississippi

167,000

Missouri

408,000

Montana

62,000

Nebraska

134,000

Nevada

171,000

New Hampshire

107,000

New Jersey

628,000

New Mexico

111,000

New York

1,322,000

North Carolina

600,000

North Dakota

49,000

Ohio

797,000

Oklahoma

236,000

Oregon

273,000

Pennsylvania

915,000

Rhode Island

76,000

South Carolina

296,000

South Dakota

56,000

Tennessee

401,000

Texas

1,421,000

Utah

199,000

Vermont

47,000

Virginia

576,000

Washington

483,000

West Virginia

113,000

Wisconsin

413,000

Wyoming

36,000

TOTAL

20,424,000

Data comes from the Department of Health and Human Services - http://aspe.hhs.gov/health/reports/2012/PreventiveServices/ib.shtml

 

 

 

By: DPCC