Raising Women’s Voices (RWV) launched a new website on Monday that aims to help the 19 million uninsured women in the United States learn more about and apply for health coverage available through the new health insurance marketplaces, or “exchanges.”
Enrollment for these exchanges, created as part of the Affordable Care Act, begins Oct. 1.
The RWV site offers detailed information on who’s eligible, how to choose a plan, and how to apply for the new coverage. It also provides useful links to additional information on the marketplace and insurance coverage.
“Women are the primary health care decision-makers for many families and will probably be doing a lot of the shopping for health insurance in the new marketplaces,” Cindy Pearson, co-founder of Raising Women’s Voices, said in a statement. “That’s why it is especially important that women get the help they need in learning how to use the new marketplaces.”
RWV offers resources for advocates involved in outreach to uninsured women, including a fact sheet (pdf) that you can print and post to let uninsured women know about enrollment. The site also includes details on coverage available to LGBT women, women of color, students, and new mothers.
Founded in 2007, Raising Women’s Voices is a national initiative that has been working to ensure women’s voices are heard and women’s concerns are addressed as policymakers put the health care law into action. Participating organizations include the Black Women’s Health Imperative, the National Women’s Health Network and the MergerWatch Project of Community Catalyst
For more information on health insurance, the government website Healthcare.gov provides details on the marketplace and ACA coverage.