Bills under consideration in the California Assembly and Senate would bar health insurers from taking an applicant’s sex into consideration when setting premiums for coverage.
A Special Report by Deirdre Kennedy includes comments from:
- Sen. Mark Leno (D-San Francisco);
- Lisa Codispoti, senior adviser for health and reproductive rights at the National Women’s Law Center;
- Marti Fisher, a policy advocate for labor, employment and health care at the California Chamber of Commerce; and
- Robert Zirkelbach, director of strategic communications for America’s Health Insurance Plans.
About a dozen states ban or restrict gender rating for health insurance (Kennedy, California Healthline, 5/29).