Health Care Reform to End ‘Gender Rating’

Nearly all individual health care plans charge women more than men for the same coverage

by Lesley Kennedy • Reporter

We know about the gender gap when it comes to pay, so really, we shouldn’t be surprised to learn that more than 90 percent of individual health care plans charge higher premiums to women than to men—for the same coverage.

Excuse us, we feel sick. NPR, citing a recent report from the National Women’s Law Center, reports that “gender rating” results in $1 billion more spent by women than men each year.

But the practice—common partly because of pregnancy and birth costs and partly because women usually seek health care more often than the guys—will be banned beginning in 2014, as part of health care reform, according to the broadcaster.

Who knew we had to fight for equal insurance rights, too?

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