Text: MARYLAND CITIZENS' HEALTH INITIATIVE
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I AM A WOMAN

2010

  • All new plans will cover preventive services—such as screening and tests like mammograms—with no co-payments and with preventive services being exempt from the deductible
  • Women are more likely than men to work for small businesses that don’t offer health insurance and benefit from new tax credits to help small businesses provide coverage to their employees

2011

  • A new optional national insurance program (known as CLASS) that provides long-term care and supports will alleviate burdens on family caregivers, who are most often women.

2014

  • You will no longer pay higher premiums just because you are a woman
  • Insurance companies will no longer be able to discriminate because of pre-existing conditions, like pregnancy, caesarean section births, domestic violence or breast cancer
  • Health plans will be required to cover maternity and newborn care,
  • Health plans will be required to cover pediatric services (including dental and vision care), prescription drugs, laboratory services, and mental health services.
  • Nursing mothers and their infants gain from a requirement that employers with over 50 employees provide a reasonable break time and location to express breast milk
  • Low-income women enrolled in Medicaid will gain access to critical new services and providers—including maternal, infant and early childhood home visiting programs; support services for, and education about, post partum depression; and free-standing birth centers.