Women tend to have higher medical expenses and lower incomes, leading them to often forego expensive medical needs that might be a drain on their insurance policies. A new study from the Commonwealth Fund reveals that 18.7 million women in the United States between the ages of 19 and 64 were uninsured in 2010. That’s an increase of nearly six million women in just ten years.
Of those who were uninsured, 77 percent said they actually skipped care because of the cost. Tragically, 26 percent of women found themselves in recent medical debt because of high premiums and copays.
But relief is on its way. The Commonwealth Fund report shows that Obamacare will dramatically decrease (PDF) the cost of care for women, and thus drastically lower the rate of women who skip the doctor or don’t have insurance:
The health law will require insurance companies to provide contraception free of charge; ensure that pregnancy is no longer a ‘pre-existing condition’; offer maternity care in all new plans; protect women from out-of-pocket payments for preventative care; and expand the eligibility guidelines for Medicaid, of which women are a majority of recipients.