Senate Rejects Ban on Health Care Discrimination

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Denver (AP) State Senators have rejected a bill that would've barred health insurers from discriminating against women in setting prices.

At issue was how much insurers can charge people who buy their own health insurance, rather than those who get insurance through their employer.

Democratic Sen. Morgan Carroll of Aurora said women are routinely charged 30 to 50 percent more for such plans even though the plans include no maternity coverage. She said her proposal still would've allowed insurers to charge women or men more if they used more health care services. But she said women shouldn't automatically be charged more.

Sen. Jennifer Veiga of Denver was one of four Democrats who sided with republicans in defeating Carroll's version of the bill yesterday. She said states that have tried to ban the consideration of gender in pricing have ended up driving up rates.

Senators did back a version of the measure calling for a study of the issue.

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