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Rep. Fudge: "The Affordable Care Act Prohibits Discriminatory Practices Toward Women"

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Published on Mar 20, 2012

Representative Marcia L. Fudge: Mr./Madam Speaker, The National Women's Law Center recently reported that 90 percent of the best-selling health plans charge women more than men for the same coverage.

In addition, insurers have classified millions of women as having pre-existing conditions because of a previous cesarean-section or having been pregnant. Even for being a victim of domestic violence.

For decades, women have unfairly been charged excessive costs for their healthcare.

Well, that changes now.

Because of the Affordable care act, the discriminatory practice known as "gender rating", or charging women more than men for care, will be prohibited starting in 2014.

And women in private plans can obtain free, life-saving procedures such as mammograms and colonoscopies.

The Affordable Care Act bans insurance companies from imposing lifetime limits on care, so Americans will not go bankrupt simply because they try to get healthy.

And, in 2014, because of healthcare reform, women cannot be denied access because of a pre-existing condition.

There is no better time to stand up and demand quality, accessible healthcare for women.

I yield back.

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