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Mind the Gap: Women in Dire Need of Health Insurance

Mind the Gap: Women in Dire Need of Health Insurance

This report demonstrates the risk the coverage gap poses to low-income women’s health by examining the dramatic differences in health care access and preventive services utilization between low-income women who will be stuck in this coverage gap — unless their state changes course — versus those who have access to coverage. More specifically, this analysis of the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System data from 2012 finds that women in the coverage gap also experience a health care gap. In general, low-income women without health insurance are significantly less likely to access basic health care services on a regular basis and are less likely to use important preventive services than women who have similarly low incomes but who are covered by public or private health insurance.

Check out the updated version of this report, States Must Close The Gap: Low-Income Women Need Health Insurance.