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Divorce Puts Women at Risk of Losing Health Insurance, Study Finds
Date:11/16/2012

-income women to lose private coverage and they have less access than lower-income women to public safety-net insurance programs."

Full-time work and education can help protect women from losing health insurance after divorce, but many jobs don't provide health insurance coverage, the researchers noted.

"It remains to be seen how effective the Affordable Care Act will be in remedying the problem of insurance loss after divorce, but the law has provisions that may help substantially," the study authors concluded.

The Affordable Care Act, which was signed into law by President Barack Obama in 2010, aims to improve the U.S. health care system by increasing access to health coverage for Americans. The ACA is scheduled to go into full effect in 2014.

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Mental Health America offers advice for coping with separation and divorce.

-- Robert Preidt

SOURCE: University of Michigan, news release, Nov. 12, 2012


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