Gender Discrimination: Women Pay Over $1 Billion More Than Men for Health Care

 Think the war on women is a relatively new development with the rise of the radical right? Think again. A new report released by the National Women's Law Center shows how nefarious gender discrimination has been subtly embedded into our health care costs, to the tune of over $1 billion more than what males pay. Not only that, but important care specific to women's bodies (but clearly not specifically to women's concerns), such as maternity coverage, is specifically left out of many health care plans. Raw Story:


Through the practice of gender rating, or charging women more for the same coverage, women are paying a $1 billion more than their male counterparts. States that haven’t banned gender rating have seen women charged more for 92 percent of best-selling health plans.

In most states, non-smoking women are commonly charged more than even smoking men. And even with maternity coverage excluded, nearly a third of plans analyzed found that 25 and 40-year-old women were charged at least 30 percent more or even higher than men for the same coverage.

Despite being aware of those practices, insurance companies have no taken steps to stop the inequality until the full implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in 2014.

Clearly, the system is stacked against us, and the Republicans are only trying to make it worse. Read the full report here.


AlterNet / By Julianne Escobedo Shepherd

Posted at March 19, 2012, 7:30am

Sign Up!
Get AlterNet's Daily Newsletter in Your Inbox
+ sign up for additional lists
Select additional lists by selecting the checkboxes below before clicking Subscribe:
Election 2018