Originally posted on RH Reality Check.
Is the fact that women experience discrimination in regards to health insurance coverage even debatable at this point? It is critical that health reform discussions address the health issues that disproportionately affect women in this country. Whether we're discussing a public option or more equitable private coverage, women's health must be front and center. The Service Employees International Union has done extensive research, promoted actions and continues to raise awareness around these issues so special gratitude is due to SEIU for the facts and figures below.
Did you know?
For the above reasons and so many more, advocates, bloggers and activists have come together to create an awareness campaign, "I Am Not A Pre-Existing Condition" and demanded stronger reform on these issues. What follows is a round-up of some of the posts written thus far. If you'd like to start off by joining the campaign, sign the petition to ensure that health reform measures address gender discrimination and tweet away!
Also, if you do have a twitter account, consider changing your avatar (your profile picture) to the image created by the National Women's Law Center and support change.
Special thanks to Tracy Viselli for these links and for the excellent round-up work done on this issue!
'I Am Not A Pre-Existing Condition' Round-Up of Posts
Being Pregnant an "unhealthy lifestyle choice"
Breastfeeding infant labeled obese, denied health insurance
*Update - the insurance company reversed its ban citing the fact that babies who are "fat but healthy" will be covered. Seriously.
Women Senators Show Their Male Colleagues What It Means to Have Cojones
VIDEO: Congresswoman Gwen Moore says, "If you're fortunate enough as a woman to have insurance, you're going to pay 68% more of it. Why? Because you have a pre-existing condition: you're an actual, former, or potential, mother. I don't know how you escape those statistics."
Larry King Live: More Democratic Senators' appearances (VIDEO)
Speaker Pelosi: Did You Know That Having Had A Pregnancy Is A "Pre-Existing" Medical Condition?
Women and Insurance: Paying More, Getting Less
Abused then denied care: eight states allow practice Some insurers say victims of domestic violence are too high risk to cover
Emily's List Alums Join Speaker Pelos to Promote Health Care Reform
Republican Senators Vetoed Insurance Protection for Domestic Violence Victims
Rep. Kucinich has opportunity to question insurance
Panel witnesses speak out against denial of coverage for victims of domestic violence: VIDEO
Rep. Watson questions insurance execs on why domestic violence is a pre-existing condition
Michelle Obama joins Echo Chamber on Domestic Violence as a "Pre-Existing Condition"
Women vs. insurance companies
Pregnant? Don't look to your insurance company for help
Four Senators stand up for women's health care rights
Polls show Republicans just don't get it (but we already knew that)
VIDEO: Female Senators talk women's health care
Taking Congressmen back to school
Women's health care in the news
Speaker Pelosi speaks out against "domestic violence as a pre-existing condition": VIDEO Video of Speaker Pelosi talking about the need to fix DV pre-existing condition loophole.
Domestic violence is STILL a pre-existing condition
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