Complaints seek maternity coverage for women on parents’ health insurance

National Women’s Law Center files five sex discrimination complaints, claims employers are violating PPACA

Since September 2010, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) has permitted young adults to remain on their parents’ insurance plans until they turn 26. But for young women who are still on their parents’ plans, coverage doesn’t include maternity services. The National Women’s Law Center (NWLC) claims that lack of coverage for dependents is discriminatory.

Yesterday, the NWLC filed sex discrimination complaints against five large, publicly funded institutions, claiming that by not providing maternity services to young women on their parents’ plans, they are violating a provision of the PPACA that prohibits discrimination in health benefits on the basis of gender.

Ashley Post

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