Key Long-Term-Care Insurer To Raise Women's Premiums

Starting next year, the Affordable Care Act will largely prohibit insurers who sell individual and small-group health policies from charging women higher premiums than men for the same coverage.

Long-term-care insurance, however, isn't bound by that law, and the country's largest provider of such coverage has announced it will begin setting its prices based on sex this spring."Gender pricing is good for insurance companies," said Bonnie Burns, a policy specialist at California Health Advocates, a Medicare advocacy and education organization, "but it’s bad public policy and it's bad for women."

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Source: Kaiser Health News