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Getting to Well: Women and the Healthcare BattlesBy WeNews
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
- Women are most twice as likely to be covered as men as dependents in employer-sponsored plans, leaving them vulnerable if their spouse loses his job, they divorce or they become widowed.
- Women comprise two-thirds of adult Medicaid beneficiaries. Thus Medicaid covers four in ten births in the United States and two-thirds of all family planning services. The current bills under consideration would dramatically change Medicaid eligibility criteria.
- More than half of all Medicare beneficiaries are women of those over the age of 85, 70 percent are women. Congress is now considering requiring Medicare patients to pay more for of preventative care, such as mammograms, pap smears and bone density screenings.
- More than 17 million—18 percent of nonelderly women—are uninsured.
- Childbirth and related conditions account for nearly 25 percent of all hospital stays.
- Few women have insurance that covers long-term care and they and their families often exhaust their savings paying for such care out-of-pocket.
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