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Under Obamacare, gender can no longer be factor in setting rates

To The Daily Sun,

In reference to the recent letter titled, "It seems to me that Obamacare is declaring war on women," nothing could be further from the truth. Quoting from the National Women's Law Center: "All new and nongrandfathered private health insurance plans must cover, without cost sharing, mammograms every two years for women over 40, cervical cancer screenings every three years, contraceptive methods and counseling, screening for gestational diabetes, well woman visits, breastfeeding support, screening for HIV, DNA testing for high risk strains of HPV, counseling regarding sexually transmitted infections, prenatal screenings and visits, diabetes and blood pressure screening, depression screening for adolescents and adults, smoking cessation programs as well as a range of vaccinations important to women such as flu, HPV, hepatitis."

Under Obamacares, as I like to call it, gender can no longer be a factor in setting premiums which had led to previous rate discrepancies of as high as 10 times. Increased access to preventative care and screening will help reduce more serious and costly health issues.

In addition, Obamacares ends the use of lifetime dollar limits on health insurance claims and already over 200,000 N.H. women have benefitted from this provision.

Never let facts get in the way of fearmongering, Mr. Knytych. It is much easier to attack an intelligent, fair minded community member like Kate Miller who actually takes the time to research her articles out of respect for the reading public.

Kay M. Anderson
Laconia

 
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