Women's health and behavioral health issues in health care reform

J Soc Work Disabil Rehabil. 2014;13(1-2):122-38. doi: 10.1080/1536710X.2013.870509.


As health care reform promises to change the landscape of health care delivery, its potential impact on women's health looms large. Whereas health and mental health systems have historically been fragmented, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) mandates integrated health care as the strategy for reform. Current systems fragment women's health not only in their primary care, mental health, obstetrical, and gynecological needs, but also in their roles as the primary caregivers for parents, spouses, and children. Changes in reimbursement, and in restructuring financing and care coordination systems through accountable care organizations and medical homes, will potentially improve women's health care.

Keywords: access; elderly; gender equity; health care; integration; mental health; people with disabilities; policy practice.

MeSH terms

  • Caregivers
  • Health Services Accessibility / legislation & jurisprudence
  • Humans
  • Information Systems
  • Insurance, Health / legislation & jurisprudence
  • Mental Disorders / therapy*
  • Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act / legislation & jurisprudence*
  • Patient-Centered Care / legislation & jurisprudence
  • Patient-Centered Care / organization & administration*
  • Reproductive Health Services / legislation & jurisprudence
  • Spouse Abuse / therapy
  • United States
  • Women's Health / legislation & jurisprudence*
  • Women, Working / legislation & jurisprudence