For decades, insurance companies discriminated against women. They charged women more or denied coverage altogether. They didn’t cover women’s health services. The health care law stopped this discrimination. We must ensure the law’s promise is fulfilled.

What’s at Stake Today

Under the health care law, insurance companies can no longer discriminate based on sex. This means women can’t be charged more simply because they are women, and being a woman is no longer a preexisting condition. But we’ve got to make sure the law is enforced ― and unfortunately, some insurance companies have been skirting the law.

What Is NWLC Doing?

We worked hard to make sure the health care law included provisions that banned discrimination against women, and covered the health care services women need. Now, we have to make sure those provisions are being fully enforced.

We work with the federal government to make sure its rules on non-discrimination in health care are strong. We work with state regulators to enforce these rules against insurance companies that don’t comply. And we make sure individuals know about these protections, so they aren’t treated unfairly.

We monitor insurance companies to make sure they’re following the anti-discrimination provisions of the law. Where we find violations – like charging women more than men for long-term care or refusing to provide maternity coverage to dependents – we go after these companies to force them to follow the law and treat everyone equally.