Dr. Theresa Rohr-Kirchgraber, American Medical Women’s Association (AMWA) President, represented the organization at a White House event on March 23 celebrating the anniversary of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). At the event, President Biden was joined by Vice President Kamala Harris, former Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, special guests, and other leaders of healthcare organizations across the country.
Thirteen years ago, on March 23, 2010, AMWA was present at the Department of the Interior when President Barack Obama and then Vice-President Joe Biden spoke just after the signing of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) into law.
The event would mark the beginning of a new era in healthcare, one in which millions of Americans would finally have access to healthcare coverage. Most importantly for women, it would be the first time that insurance companies would be prohibited from charging higher premiums based on gender. In the words of President Biden, the ACA was “the most consequential piece of healthcare legislation since the creation of Medicare and Medicaid in 1965.”
“The ACA has changed lives and improved healthcare for women and their families, just like Teresa Acosta, a mother and business owner who spoke at the ceremony,” said Dr. Theresa Rohr-Kirchgraber. “I am proud of AMWA’s role in advocating for the ACA. We will continue to work to ensure that the provisions of the ACA are protected for generations to come.”
As one of the invited organizations, AMWA actively advocated for the passage of the ACA and has continued to promote improved access to healthcare under the ACA, such as the expansion of Medicaid. AMWA also supported the American Rescue Plan and Inflation Reduction Act, which have served to ensure continued and expanded subsidies under the ACA, making health insurance affordable to millions.