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Women's Health Care: Insurance Companies Regularly Discriminate

03/18/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) has published a startling list of statistics showing how women are frequently discriminated against by insurance companies. Among the chilling facts:

  • A 22-year-old woman can be charged one and a half times the premium of a 22-year-old man.
  • Many insurers also consider pregnancy and Cesarean sections a pre-existing condition.
  • 52% of women reported trouble accessing needed health care because of cost, versus only 39% of men.
  • 27% of employed women work part time and are thus excluded from their employers' health insurance plan, versus only 13% of men.

The SEIU is urging outraged Americans to sign a letter to Congress that says "I Am Not A Pre-Existing Condition!"

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