US insurers are denying women access to care guaranteed by health law, report finds

BMJ 2015; 350 doi: (Published 05 May 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;350:h2394
  1. Michael McCarthy
  1. 1Seattle

Many US insurance companies are routinely denying women access to services guaranteed by the 2010 Affordable Care Act, a report by the National Women’s Law Center, a non-profit organization based in Washington, DC, has found.

Before the passage of the Affordable Care Act insurers could legally charge women higher premiums or even deny them coverage simply on the basis of their being women, and plans did not have to cover such services as contraceptive or maternity care. “In fact, the vast majority of individual market plans did not cover maternity care at all, while a limited number of insurers sold separate maternity riders for an additional premium,” the report noted.1

The Affordable Care Act contains a number of provisions requiring insurers …

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