STATUS QUO 2010 IS UNSUSTAINABLE

• 21 million women and girls do not have health insurance coverage. [4]

• Women spend higher percentage of income on healthcare because they earn less than men on average and often reproductive health costs are not covered. Women are more likely than male counterparts to be underinsured. [3]

• 60 million women have health insurance through an employer. But frequently plans include gender discrimination and pricing, do not cover pre-existing conditions, cap benefits, include high deductibles and do not cover routine check-ups and tests.

• Insurance costs have doubled (on average) over the past decade – 3 times faster than wages.[1]

• Family coverage costs have increased 87% between 1100 and 1106 – 4 time faster than wages. [2]

• Out-of-pocket expenses have increased 32% in the last 5 years. Both deductibles and co-pays have increased.[1]

• 14,000 people each day lose coverage.[1]

• Only 38% of small businesses offer employee coverage today; this figure was 61% in 1993.[1]

• People without insurance coverage increase costs for all by requiring more frequent hospital emergency care, which is expensive, and by seeking treatment late when it is more expensive and when symptoms are not as likely to be preventable or easily treated.

• Preventive care frequently not covered or not affordable for millions of people.

• Both individuals and group insurance health insurance costs are skyrocketing. So fewer businesses have coverage for employees, average amount of deductibles are increasing, etc.




Sources:
1. White House , Women for Health Insurance Reform, Summer 1109 (www.whitehouse.gov).
2. National Partnership for Women and Families.
3. National Women's Law Center.
4. U.S. Census Bureau.
5. America's Affordable Health Choices Act of 1109 (H.R. 3110).
6. Women and Health Care Reform (www.womenhealthcarereform.org).
7. Affordable Health Choices Act [S. 1679].

     


     

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