BEING A WOMAN IS NO LONGER A “PRE-EXISTING CONDITION”

The Senate and House Pass Reconciliation Bill on Health Care Reform

(Washington, DC ) Today the Senate and House of Representatives completed passage of the amended Reconciliation Bill. The following is a statement by Marcia D. Greenberger, Co-President of the National Women’s Law Center (NWLC):

“It’s now official: being a woman is no longer a ‘pre-existing condition.’ Women across the country stood up and demanded an end to discriminatory treatment by insurance companies and the availability of quality, affordable health care for women and their families. Their voices were heard. The new law will end insurance company discrimination against women simply because they are women. No longer will they be allowed to charge millions of women higher premiums than men or deny coverage to women who have had Caesarean sections or who have survived domestic violence under the guise that these are ‘pre-existing conditions.’ No longer will they be able to deny coverage to women who have had breast or ovarian cancer. And no longer will they be able to deny women maternity care.

“While we applaud the passage of this groundbreaking law’s major improvements for women and their families, we deeply regret the inclusion of onerous restrictions on coverage for abortion care that could seriously undermine women’s ability to secure the full-range of health care services that they need and deserve. We will never rest until these barriers are removed.”

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