Being a Woman Is Not a Pre-Existing Condition
Health care isn’t fair. Women pay more and get less coverage than they need. Yet women have been left out of the debate on health care reform. It’s time to make our voices heard.
Women are regularly denied coverage for "pre-existing conditions" including pregnancy, a previous C-Section or past domestic abuse. Insurance companies charge women as much as 48 percent more for individual health care coverage than men. And it is expensive, difficult and in some states impossible for women to find coverage for maternity care when purchasing their own health insurance plan.
Write to Congress today and tell them to pass health reform that works for women.
Every month, thousands and thousands of Americans become uninsured. Three out of 5 women have problems paying their medical bills. Women postpone medical care because they can't afford it. They wonder if a pre-existing condition will prevent them from finding coverage.
All Americans need health care reform that:
* Provides affordable health care,
* Assures comprehensive benefits, including reproductive health services and
* Ends insurance practices that discriminate against women.
We can't wait. I urge you to pass health care reform legislation that meets the needs of women and their families this year.
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