As many of us already know, it’s the 21st century and we still have inequalities based on gender. Women are still fighting for equal rights, equal pay, and even equal cost of health insurance. Insurance companies are claiming that things like pregnancy and childbirth make women more expensive to cover, which justifies higher premiums based on gender.
In Florida, this issue is being more closely examined. According to health insurers, after excluding childbirth costs, women are being considered more expensive to cover than men. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Florida claims this is because women seek more services in their earlier years, which helps then stay healthier, while men seek less services until they are older, which then costs them more in their later years.
Does that mean that women should not have the right to seek preventative and follow up care that will help them stay healthy as they age, just because men don’t? To many, this sounds like an unacceptable form of gender discrimination. If the Florida legislature passes their bill ending premium inequities, it would be a long deserved step for women and health payment equality.
Via Miami Herald
Contributed by Angela Donadic, Policy and Advocacy Fellow