Before Obama’s health care reform law, the private insurance market left many women at a disadvantage. Women across the country not only faced higher premiums than men, but also lacked coverage for services like birth control and maternity care.
2. Women can no longer be denied insurance for having a “pre-existing condition.”
Before Obamacare, health insurance companies could deny women coverage, limit benefits and charge higher prices if a woman had a “preexisting condition” like breast cancer (or even if they’ve received treatment for domestic or sexual violence). Beginning in 2014, health insurance plans can no longer deny coverage to adults withpre-existing conditions. Discrimination against children with pre-existing conditions was banned in 2010.
3. All new health insurance plans will cover maternity care.