Raising Women’s Voices

Secretary Sebelius on women and health reform

Posted in DC Reform, Health Disparities by raisingwomensvoices on May 13, 2009

In honor of National Women’s Health Week, Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and the HHS Office of Health Reform released a report, Roadblacks to Health Care, and taped a video message from Sebelius on women and health reform.  They report:

We know that the health care crisis impacts every American, but our mothers, daughters and sisters are paying a particularly heavy price. Today, 21 million women and girls are uninsured…In the individual insurance market, women are often charged higher premiums than men during their reproductive years. Holding other factors constant, a 22 year old woman can be charged one and a half times the premium of a 22 year old man.  In a recent national survey, more than half of women (52%) reported delaying or avoiding needed care because of cost, compared with 39% of men.

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Share your own stories, concerns, and ideas about women’s health reform at HealthReform.gov

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