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“For women, the Affordable Care Act means more affordable health care and greater peace of mind,” said Cecile Richards

WASHINGTON, DC -- According to the latest enrollment numbers from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), 56 percent of those who enrolled in new, affordable health care coverage between November 15 and December 15 under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) were women. As a leading women’s health care provider and advocate, Planned Parenthood staff and volunteers at approximately 700 affiliate health centers across the country have been working to ensure communities and the patients they serve have the information they need to enroll. Many health centers have been hosting enrollment events and in-person appointments, with certified navigators and application counselors.

“For women, the Affordable Care Act means more affordable health care and greater peace of mind,” said Cecile Richards, president, Planned Parenthood Federation of America.  “That’s why Planned Parenthood staff and volunteers across the country have been working around the clock to help women and their families enroll.”

Women and their families can learn about how to get covered and find local, in-person help on Planned Parenthood’s English and Spanish websites: Planned Parenthood Health Insurance Facts and Planned Parenthood Asegurate. On the website, you’ll find an overview of what the health care law means for women, a glossary of important terms related to the law and health insurance, a calculator that helps visitors get a sense of what kind of financial help they can get, and specifics on what to consider as a woman choosing a health insurance plan.

“We are here to help women figure out what to consider in choosing a health insurance plan, how to get help paying for it and how to sign up.  If they can’t make it to a health center, women can also visit Planned Parenthood Health Insurance Facts.org to learn more about what the law means for them, and schedule an appointment for in-person enrollment assistance,” continued Richards.

Next week (January 4-10), as part of a national effort to spotlight the ACA’s many benefits for women and encourage eligible women to enroll, Planned Parenthood will be holding additional education and enrollment events across the country. You can read some “Obamacare Works” stories about how the law has impacted women and their families here.

  • “I was diagnosed with breast cancer last year. In January I will be eligible to have insurance again because they cannot discriminate against me, based on a pre-existing condition,” said Geneva from New Mexico.
  • “I live paycheck to paycheck trying to pay my tuition. Now, I can finally afford health care. With my $167 tax credit, I pay only $24.89 a month. I'm no longer vulnerable to injury or illness that could bankrupt me,” said Shannon from Texas.
  • “My preventative checkups and screenings are now 100% covered under my insurance, so I don't have to decide between a mammogram and Pap smear vs. fresh fruit,” said Marty from Nevada.

If you’d like to learn more about Planned Parenthood’s efforts to help women and families enroll, please contact the media department at[email protected].


Planned Parenthood is the nation’s leading provider and advocate of high-quality, affordable health care for women, men, and young people, as well as the nation’s largest provider of sex education. With more than 700 health centers across the country, Planned Parenthood organizations serve all patients with care and compassion, with respect and without judgment. Through health centers, programs in schools and communities, and online resources, Planned Parenthood is a trusted source of reliable health information that allows people to make informed health decisions. We do all this because we care passionately about helping people lead healthier lives.


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Planned Parenthood Federation of America media office: 212-261-4433


December 30, 2014