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Wednesday, January 20, 2010

10 Health Reform Provisions That Affect Women

 Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, January 21, 2010

Forget, just for a moment, the divisive topic of abortion in the context of health reform.

Embedded in the 2,409 pages of the Senate's health reform template are many other provisions that would impact women's healthcare, including breast cancer screening, ob/gyn specialty access, special tobacco cessation programs for women, and a new Office of Women's Health.

"There's so much in there that's good for women," says Lisa Codispoti, senior counsel for the National Women's Law Center. "The question remains about whether the bill is as good as we would like it to be, and whether it will make healthcare better for people than they have now."

Here are 10 health reform provisions that specifically deal with women's health:

1. Gender rating is the practice of charging women more for health insurance simply because they are women. While the House version of the bill eliminates the practice entirely, the Senate version eliminates it only for individuals who buy premiums directly from insurers and small groups…

10 Health Reform Provisions That Affect Women

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