Health insurance subsidy more available to abused spouses through tax change

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An alteration to the law no longer requires victims of domestic abuse to file joint taxes. The Affordable Care Act has now made a change that will make it much easier for victims of domestic violence to be able to obtain health insurance subsidies without having to file their taxes jointly. This new fix has been put into place – as has an extension in their enrollment period. The problem that caused the requirement for this change in the law surrounding subsidies for health insurance was that in order for…

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Health care reforms boost screenings for cases of domestic violence

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The increased benefits from the changes to the system have added eight preventive tests. One of the eight new preventive tests that have been added by the health care reforms and that are now available through medical policies at no cost to the patient is a form of screening for domestic violence. These Affordable Care Act changes went into effect earlier this month. According to the Iowa Coalition Against Domestic Violence director of training and technical assistance, Kirsten Faisal, this type of screening is vitally important. The reason is that…

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Affordable Care Act offers women greater access to preventive services

Preventative health care has been a chronic challenge in the American healthcare system, but due to the fact that chronic diseases – which make up about 75 percent of the country’s health spending, and that they are the cause of 70 percent of deaths every year – are frequently preventable, this type of healthcare is now being pushed into the spotlight. Affordability has been one of the main problems holding back preventive services. Currently, most of these therapies, even those with insurance coverage, are subject to cost sharing, such as…

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