How the Affordable Care Act Can Help Patients Experiencing DV/IPV

I didn’t post this in real time, because I got it on the day it was actually happening; happily Futures Without Violence archived the event, and now we can all check it out (US readers, at least). On October 30th they held a webinar with new updates about how the Affordable Care Act can help patients  experiencing domestic and interpersonal violence. Click through for details:

From the site:


Did you know:

  1. Screening and counseling for domestic violence are now covered benefits as a result of the Affordable care Act?
  2. There are new regulations that clarify how married victims of domestic violence and their dependents can qualify for financial help when they apply for health insurance?
  3. Key steps and strategies for how to identify and help patients in need of domestic violence services?

This webinar provides a basic overview of the coverage requirements in the Affordable Care Act and the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force’s “B” recommendation for screening and intervention for domestic violence (DV).  Speakers discuss who is able to access these services, what is required in terms of screening and brief counseling, and provide tools on addressing domestic violence safely and effectively as well as billing for these services. They also discuss the IRS regulations on financial aid for domestic violence as well as information about how survivors can access a “hardship” exemption to avoid paying penalties if they are not able to enroll this year.


Marylouise Kelly, Director of the Family Violence Prevention and Services Program, ACF

Sabrina Matoff-Stepp, Ph.D; Director of the Office of Women’s Health, HRSA

Lisa James, Director of Health, Futures Without Violence

Lena O’Rourke, O’Rourke Health Policy Strategies

Slides are available here (PDF); listen to the recording here.