On March 20, The Texas Council on Family Violence commemorated the 2nd anniversary of the signing of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) with a presentation of national and statewide speakers. The discussion highlighted the benefits of the ACA and the need for access to quality, affordable and comprehensive health care coverage for women, survivors of gender based violence and all residents of Texas and the United States. Speakers included: Gloria Terry, TCFV President; Courtney Sanchez, a Domestic Violence Survivor; Marjorie Petty, Regional Director of the Department of Health and Human Services, Region VI and Cheasty Anderson, Community Health Care Coordinator at the Center for Public Policy Priorities.

“Texas has one of the highest rates of uninsured people,” said Gloria A. Terry, President of the Texas Council on Family Violence. “The Center for Disease Control has identified that intimate partner violence affects health in many ways. Women who have been victimized by an intimate partner and children raised in violent households are more likely to experience a wide array of physical and mental health conditions,” said Terry. Domestic Violence survivor Courtney Sanchez spoke at today’s event to explain how the new federal health care law will make it easier for victims of domestic violence to have access to health care. “The 2014 Affordable Health Care Act will help to eliminate one of the largest obstacles to self-sufficiency for survivors of domestic violence, “ said Sanchez. “This law will help alleviate some of the stress associated with obtaining proper health care for survivors and their families.”

This event at TCFV was one of many around the nation celebrating the expanding health care access.