Committee Opinion on Benefits to Women of Medicaid Expansion Through the Affordable Care Act
The Committee on Health Care for Underserved Women developed a Committee Opinion on Benefits to Women of Medicaid Expansion Through the Affordable Care Act. Many U.S. women are uninsured and face avoidable adverse obstetric and gynecologic health outcomes. The Affordable Care Act requires an expansion of Medicaid that would increase the percentage of U.S. women with health insurance, with the anticipated benefit of improved health. The 2012 Supreme Court decision allows states to opt out of Medicaid expansion. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists supports appropriate reimbursement to health care providers and the expansion of Medicaid as key strategies to improve women’s health.