Target: President Barack Obama
Goal: Compel health insurance companies to comply with existing laws and properly cover women’s healthcare.
More than half of all health insurance companies in the United States are refusing to cover many traditionally-gender-specific health services like birth control and maternity leave, according to a recent study. This lack of coverage is illegal under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Demand that President Obama compel these insurance companies to comply with existing laws and stop discriminating on the basis of gender.
A report recently released by the National Women’s Law Center (NWLC) uncovered widespread alleged illegal coverage policies on the part of health insurance companies in 15 states. According to the organization, a majority of these companies have been providing discriminatory coverage between genders by, for example, excluding maternity care from plans, not covering all types of birth control, curtailing coverage for breastfeeding assistance, and not including gender transition coverage for transgender individuals.
Though the study only investigated companies in 15 states, the NWLC says that the the nature of the gaps in the companies’ policies suggest that similar omissions in women’s coverage exist nationally. The ACA was supposed to expand women’s healthcare coverage, but due to improper oversight and a refusal to comply with the new requirements on the part of insurance companies, that is clearly not happening.
This cannot be tolerated. Sign the petition below to demand that President Obama redouble efforts to ensure that women’s healthcare is properly and fairly covered by health insurance companies.
Dear President Obama,
I am writing you today regarding a report that was recently released by the National Women’s Law Center. Unfortunately, health insurance companies around the country do not appear to be implementing the expanded women’s healthcare coverage of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) correctly.
Before the ACA, cisgender women and other people with uteruses routinely had to pay much more for health insurance than other Americans. This was due to insurance companies charging them more for enrollment in programs, as well as their having to cover copays for routine checkups that people without uteruses did not have to worry about. The ACA was designed to fix this, but according to this report, birth control and breastfeeding assistance, among other things, are not being covered by insurance companies—they still have to be paid for out-of-pocket, which defeats one of the major purposes of the ACA.
There is no point to passing progressive healthcare legislation if health insurance companies themselves either refuse to abide by new laws or or not held accountable for their failure to comply by them. I demand that you use your position as President to ensure that women’s healthcare is covered by insurance companies around the country as per the new regulations of the ACA.
[Your Name Here]
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