274451 Countdown to Coverage: Making the promise of health reform real for women and our families

Monday, October 29, 2012 : 3:10 PM - 3:25 PM

Lois J. Uttley, MPP , Community Catalyst, Raising Women's Voices, New York, NY
Enactment of the Affordable Care Act health reform law was an historic moment for women and our families, offering the promise of affordable coverage for the health care we need. But turning that promise into reality has required intensive engagement in the implementation process at the federal and state levels, as well as the use of public education campaigns. This presentation will describe the advocacy and public education efforts being employed by Raising Women's Voices to inform women about what they and their families are gaining from the Affordable Care Act. The presentation will describe a campaign called Countdown to Coverage and explain how it is being used to mobilize women to defend the law and secure its promised benefits and protections. Special attention will be given to the successful effort to secure contraceptive coverage with no-co-pays in all new health insurance plans, and the use of that new benefit to increase women's support for the law.

Learning Areas:
Implementation of health education strategies, interventions and programs
Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs
Public health or related public policy

Learning Objectives:
List and describe the benefits and protections of the Affordable Care Act for women and families. Discuss how to design their own advocacy campaigns to educate and mobilize women in support of the Affordable Care Act.

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am co-founder of a national initiative, Raising Women’s Voices for the Health Care We Need, that is working at the federal level and in 22 states to ensure that the needs of diverse women and our families are met as the Affordable Care Act is implemented. I am also the Director of Raising Women’s Voices-NY and serve as Chair of the Health Reform Task Force of the NY Alliance for Women’s Health.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.