Bill Aims to End Higher Insurance Rates for Women

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(Sacramento, CA)
Friday, January 30, 2009

Assembly Health Committee Chair Dave Jones says health insurance companies are discriminating against women. The democrat says it happens in the individual market – that’s where people don’t get insurance from an employer and buy it on their own.

Jones says research done by his office found in some cases women in California pay more than twice as much as men for coverage. So, he’s written a bill that would outlaw the practice. 
“If we start going down the road of allowing gender or ethnicity or race for example to determine what we are going to be charged for health care, I just think that’s a bad road to go down.” 
Jones says the trend started about a year and a half ago. A similar bill has been introduced in the state Senate as well. And a San Francisco city attorney recently filed a lawsuit against the state claiming it allows health plans to unfairly charge women more for health insurance. The California Association of Health Plans declined to comment until they have more time to review the bills.