Texas women lagging behind in health coverage and access by big margins

In many states, including Texas, it was once common for a healthy, non-smoking woman to pay more for a health plan than a man who was the same age and smoked, according to a separate 2012 study by the National Women’s Law Center.

Maternity coverage was also often elusive if not nonexistent. In Texas, of the 118 insurance plans offered to a a 30-year-old woman in the individual market in 2012, zero came with maternity coverage, the National Law Center research found.