Raising Women’s Voices

Senate HELP bill released!!!

Posted in DC Reform, Health Reform Policy Proposals by raisingwomensvoices on June 10, 2009

Check out the full bill (all 615 pages).

Womenstake.org makes a series of statements about the Kennedy-led bill and how it affects women:

“This is a momentous day for our country, and for the millions of Americans who can’t afford to wait any longer for meaningful reform that will guarantee quality, affordable comprehensive health care for all…This bill reflects years of work, expertise, and careful consideration of options. The critical headway it makes towards women’s ability to secure access to quality, affordable health care throughout their lives reflects this extensive work and expertise…Senator Kennedy’s bill underscores that quality, affordable and comprehensive health care for women and their families is attainable now…One of the exciting aspects of the bill is that it confronts many of the particular obstacles faced by women in our current health care system, and eliminates many insurance industry practices that are especially harmful to women. For example, it bans the discriminatory insurance practice of gender rating…The bill would also ban the insurance industry practice of rejecting applicants based on health status or history – a harmful practice that has, for example, prevented survivors of domestic violence and women who have had caesarean sections from getting health coverage.”

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