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Women Charged More than Men for Health Coverage?

by Judy Waxman, Vice President for Health and Reproductive Rights, 
National Women's Law Center

How could insurance companies get away with charging women more than men for the same health coverage? Before President Obama signed the new health care reform law, it was legal to discriminate against women in an insurance company office, a doctor’s office, hospital or other health care settings.

The new health care reform law ends those days immediately. One of our victories in the new health reform law includes a landmark provision that is the first ever federal prohibition on sex discrimination in health care.

But as policy makers write new rules to implement the law, we need your help to make policy makers understand the discrimination women have faced in health care settings — share your story with us today.

The new provision in the health care reform law bans discrimination by federally funded or operated health programs, including insurance companies, on the basis of race, national origin, disability, age, or sex. Beyond being the first federal prohibition on sex discrimination in health care, the law is a more expansive ban against discrimination based on race, national origin, disability and age than had previously existed.

But policy makers need to understand the daily struggles women face — they need to hear about your discrimination experience at the hospital, in your doctor’s office, or in any other health care setting. Share your story today and help us make sure discrimination against women in health care ends once and for all.


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