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VIDEO: What’s next in women’s health policy?


AT NAMS 2017

– The Affordable Care Act (ACA) largely has delivered on its promises to expand access to care for women, but those benefits are in jeopardy because of actions by the Trump administration, one health policy expert said.

President Trump’s announcement that he plans to end the ACA’s cost-sharing reduction payments, which help subsidize the cost of insurance for low-income Americans, combined with new federal regulations expanding religious exemptions to the health law’s contraception mandate, would make it harder for women to obtain health care, said Michael Policar, MD, MPH, a clinical professor of obstetrics, gynecology, and reproductive sciences at the University of California, San Francisco.

In an interview at the annual meeting of the North American Menopause Society, Dr. Policar said it’s unclear whether these executive actions actually will go into effect because they are being challenged in court. But Dr. Policar said his concern is that this is just the “leading edge of more proposals and more changes” to come from the administration, which could target family planning funding.

Dr. Policar reported that he is a litigation consultant for Bayer.

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