FAST FACT: Health Care Cost-Prohibitive Even for Insured Women
May 14, 2009 posted by Kyla Bender-Baird Last week, the New York Times news:
“Insurance companies offered Tuesday to end the practice of charging higher premiums to women than to men for the same coverage.”
To which I say, FINALLY! Our Big Five research at NCRW found that high insurance premiums often prevent women from accessing necessary medical care. For instance, one in six women with private insurance go without prescribed medication because of prohibitive costs. This news comes just in time for National Women’s Health Week. Over at Our Bodies Our Blog, they’ve announced the 2009 Women’s Health Heroes. And RH Reality Check has an interesting post on how the health care system fails women. The National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health reports that the new federal budget continues to restrict Medicaid funding for abortion (FYI, their ED, Silvia Henriquez will be speaking at our conference in June). For more information on women’s health, check out the National Women’s Health Network .