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Women’S Health

(Ms. SCHAKOWSKY asked and was given permission to address the House for 1 minute.)

Rep. Jan Schakowsky

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Mr. Speaker, for too long, women have faced discrimination at the hands of insurance companies who label pregnancy as a preexisting condition and then deny coverage or charge more for it.

Erin from Chicago writes:

When I found out I was pregnant, I had full insurance coverage. I was told, however, that I did not have a pregnancy rider and therefore my pregnancy would not be covered. How can I pay for health insurance that will not cover a vital part of a woman's life? I was asked if I wanted to purchase the rider that would not take effect for over 365 days.

Thanks to ObamaCare, insurers will no longer be able to get away with this. Beginning in 2014, insurers cannot deny or charge more for any preexisting condition, and that would include pregnancy.