CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The Affordable Care Act will expand and equalize health care for women, proponents of the law said Tuesday.
Under health-care reform, about 17 million women in the United States will get coverage.
Dozens of people attended a town hall meeting about the ACA's impact on women's health hosted by the West Virginians for Affordable Health Care and other local agencies.
The meeting was held Tuesday evening at the Schoenbaum Family Enrichment Center on Charleston's West Side.
Under the Affordable Care Act, preventative care services must be covered without co-pay or deductible, said Renate Pore, health care policy director for WVAHC.
Those services include mammography, cervical cancer screenings, domestic violence screening and counseling, well-woman visits, all FDA-approved contraceptive methods and more.
Women may need to instruct their physicians that these services are preventative and not diagnostic, or patients could be billed for co-pays and deductibles, a representative from the West Virginia Offices of the Insurance Commissioner said.
Medicare will cover preventative services, too, Pore said.
"The federal government wants seniors to be healthy and getting preventive care," she said.