Report: Insurers skirt health law's protections for women

Apr 29, 2015 11:32 AM by News Staff

CHICAGO (AP) - A new report from a women's legal advocacy group says some insurance plans offered on the health overhaul law's new marketplaces violate its requirements for women's health.

The National Women's Law Center analyzed plans in 15 states and found some exclude dependents from maternity coverage, prohibit coverage of breast pumps or fail to cover all federally approved birth control methods.

The report calls for regulators to do a better job reviewing plans and for insurers to comply with the law. It calls for more public access to health plan coverage documents.

Gretchen Borchelt (BOHR'-shelt) of the National Women's Law Center says violations leave women "without the coverage they need."

Insurance industry spokeswoman Clare Krusing says plans are reviewed by regulators to ensure coverage policies meet the law's benefit requirements.

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