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Women will pay less in health insurancePosted On Tue, March 30, 2010
Being a woman is no longer considered a pre-existing health condition.
Part of the healthcare reform bill outlaws sex discrimination in health insurance. There has never been such a ban and insurance companies often charged women more for health insurance.
"The health care industry and healthcare insurance in general has been riddled with the most discriminatory and unfair practices to women,” Marcia D. Greenberger, the founder and co-president of the National Women's Law Center said to the New York Times. “This law is a giant leap forward to dismantling the unfairness that has been a part of the system."
Gender rating is what insurance companies have been known to practice. Women are charged more than men for the same coverage, even if it doesn't include maternity care. The New York Times reports the rationale was that women used the health care system more than men.
A 2008 report conducted by the NWLC found the difference in insurance premiums can range from 4 to 48 percent and can add up to hundreds of dollars a year.
President Barack Obama signed the healthcare reform bill into law on Tuesday, March 23.
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