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Being a Woman Is Not a Pre-Existing Condition

Posted by Judy Waxman, Vice President for Health and Reproductive Rights | Posted on: October 20, 2009 at 01:30 pm

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

I don’t deserve health care that meets my needs. 
I shouldn’t demand fairness in my health care coverage.
I can’t do anything about it anyway.

That’s what the health insurance profiteers want you to think.

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The Woman Who Got It Right

Posted by Rachel Peck, Fellow | Posted on: October 19, 2009 at 05:54 pm

by Rachel Peck, Family Economic Security Fellow, 
National Women’s Law Center 

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Domestic Violence and Why We Need Guaranteed Issue Health Coverage for Everyone

Posted by Micole Allekotte, Fellow | Posted on: October 19, 2009 at 01:16 pm

by Micole Allekotte, Health Fellow, 
National Women's Law Center 

At the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee hearing last week Senator Burr asked Marcia Greenberger, NWLC’s Co-President, to talk about a sentence in the Center’s Nowhere to Turn report regarding domestic violence and state insurance laws. Marcia didn’t get a chance to fully answer his question, so the Center would like to clarify for anyone who is actually interested in the answers to their questions.

First, what the report said. “It is still legal in nine states and D.C. for insurers to reject applicants who are survivors of domestic violence.” Thankfully, since that time one of the states on that list, Arkansas, followed the lead of the other 41 states that had already banned this practice and passed legislation ensuring that domestic violence victims cannot be denied coverage based on that status. That leaves eight states and the District of Columbia that do not ban the insurance company practice of denying coverage to women who are survivors of domestic violence. 

So now 42 states have taken action to ensure that survivors of domestic violence are not discriminated against by insurance companies.  Why are these laws necessary?  A bit of history, also from the Center’s Nowhere to Turn report.  “In the early 1990s, advocates discovered that insurers had denied applications for coverage submitted by women who had experienced domestic violence.”  This information was confirmed by a survey by a subcommittee of the Senate Judiciary Committee, in which half of the largest insurance companies in the country admitted that they “used domestic violence as a factor when deciding whether to issue insurance and how much to charge.” Apparently the insurance companies found nothing wrong with this practice. 

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What Women Want: Equal Benefits for Equal Premiums

Posted by Candace Webb, Outreach Manager | Posted on: October 16, 2009 at 03:37 pm

by Candace Webb, Outreach Manager, 
National Women's Law Center 

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Women Are Denied Fair Health Care Every Day

Posted by | Posted on: October 14, 2009 at 05:18 pm

by Robin Reed, Online Outreach Manager, 
National Women's Law Center 

Denied_icon Being a woman is not a pre-existing condition.

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A Milestone for Health Reform: Final Legislation Must Meet Women's Needs

Posted by | Posted on: October 13, 2009 at 07:02 pm

Today the Senate Finance Committee voted to report out its health care bill – taking it to the Senate floor to be merged with the HELP bill.

The following is a statement by Marcia D. Greenberger, Co-President of the National Women’s Law Center (NWLC):

“The Senate Finance Committee vote marks another important milestone on the road toward a healed health care system, bringing the country further in health reform than at any other time in U.S. history.

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Gender Discrimination in Health Reform on Larry King Tonight

Posted by Adrienne Ammerman, Communications Manager | Posted on: October 08, 2009 at 09:57 pm

by Adrienne Ammerman, Communications Manager, 
National Women's Law Center 

You talked—they listened. 

Our elected leaders, the media... all of the sudden they’re waking up to the fact that women face major obstacles when it comes to getting the health care they need.

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