Raising Women’s Voices

Gender Discrimination Lingering

Posted in Health Disparities by raisingwomensvoices on April 9, 2009

It looks as if gender-based pricing in healthcare coverage is not going anywhere in Connecticut.

malefemalelogoHartford-based Aetna, as well as many other companies, base rates for individual policies partly on gender, causing women of child-bearing age to be charged more than men. NorthStar Asset Management Inc, a firm that performs socially responsible investing, and which held 4,520 shares in Aetna as of December, asked Aetna to publish a report about their rating practice.

Aetna declined, as well as declining to put the report to a vote on its agenda. They claim they have already addressed the issue in their policy paper, accessible on their website, noting that men aged 50-55 use more medical services and therefore pay higher rates than women.

The proposal to publish a report, or put it to a vote, would not have required any change in Aetna’s rating system.

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