To inform the development of the state health insurance Exchanges under the Affordable Care Act, this checklist identifies key coverage, affordability and access issues that are important for women. Based on lessons learned from women’s health research and the Massachusetts experience, the checklist considers essential health benefits, implementation of no-cost preventive services including contraception, provider networks and affordability, outreach and enrollment efforts, and the importance of including gender and other demographic characteristics in data collection and reporting standards. It was jointly authored by policy experts at the Kaiser Family Foundation, The Connors Center for Women’s Health and Gender Biology at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital and the Jacobs Institute of Women’s Health at The George Washington University.
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Johnson, P., Fitzgerald, T., Cohen, L., Wood, S., Mauery, D.R., White, T.M., Salganicoff, A., Ranji, U. Ensuring the Health Care Needs of Women: A Checklist for Health Exchanges. The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation, February 2013.