Reproductive Health: Protecting the Gains and Correcting the Flaws of Health Care Reform

Guttmacher Institute

(March 2011)    The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) became law in March 2010, bringing with it onerous abortion restrictions but also the promise—and in some instances already the reality—of substantial improvements in insurance coverage for various reproductive health services. Still, reproductive health advocates will face three main tasks as they seek to hold on to these gains: fending off repeated attacks from health care reform opponents, working with federal and state policymakers to implement key provisions of the law, and fixing the things that health reform got wrong.