Women may pay up to 140% more for individual health insurance than men do, and NBC Nightly News has picked up the story. Largely condemning the practice of "gender-rating," the segment explains that no federal guidelines determining health insurance costs on the individual market. Reporter Dr. Nancy Snyderman points out that women can even be denied health insurance if they are victims of domestic violence.
The strangest part of the segment? Snyderman says that the insurance industry is "looking for solutions beyond gender" to address the 47 million Americans without health insurance. Widespread un- and underinsurance is a legitimate issue, but gender is a necessary lens if insurers are to address discriminatory insurance costs.
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