Attention Congressmen: Being A Woman Is NOT A Pre-Existing Condition

I-am-not-a-preexisting-condition.jpgWe want to let you in on a little secret: too many insurance companies think being a women is a pre-existing condition - one they want to avoid covering at all costs! From domestic violence to pregnancy to maternity care, insurers refuse to help women receive the care they need. They also refuse to recognize many of the underlying factors that result in women receiving unequal access to health care.

Take a moment to review some of the horrifying statistics below from around the country in order to better understand the current state of women's health care in America. Armed with these facts, you'll see why it is essential that we pass a health care reform bill that improves women's access to affordable care and addresses their unique medical needs.

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Pregnancy and maternity care:

  • A woman can expect to pay $7,000 out of pocket for an uncomplicated pregnancy with vaginal delivery if she has a small-employer high-deductible plan. If she has a complicated pregnancy with a C-section delivery, she can expect to pay $14,000 under the same plan.

  • Only 14 states require comprehensive maternity care in the individual market.

  • The average America woman spends 5 years being pregnant, recovering from pregnancy or trying to get pregnant. She also spends 30 years trying to avoid unintended pregnancy.

  • Explaining why one insurance company doesn't cover pregnancy, its spokesman said: "The point of insurance is to insure against catastrophic care costs. That's what you're trying to aggregate and pool for such things as heart attacks and cancer. Having a child is a matter of choice. Dealing with an adult onset illness, such as diabetes, heart disease, breast or prostate cancer, is not a matter of choice."

Pre-existing conditions:

Racial disparities:

Access

Get in Line for Gender Equality

Takeaticket-healthcare.jpgWomen want equal coverage for the equal premiums they pay - plain and simple. Take your ticket for gender equity.

Then post the number, along with this automatically-generated status update on gender equity in health care to Twitter, Facebook, or in emails to friends:

   I'm [your number] against discrimination by health insurers. Women deserve equal coverage for equal premiums. http://seiu.org/ticket #fem2 #hc09

Let's educate male members of Congress on how women are unfairly discriminated against by health insurers. Call toll-free at 1-866-311-3405. Use this form to report back on your conversation.

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