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Pelosi: Health Insurance Reform Essential for Women
Date:10/6/2009

WASHINGTON, Oct. 6 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the Democratic Women's Working Group joined leaders from women's organizations for a press conference outside the Capitol this afternoon to discuss how women stand to gain the most from health insurance reform. Women will continue to face discrimination in both coverage and cost if health reform fails. Below are the Speaker's opening statement and closing remarks.

On Why Health Insurance Reform is Essential for Women:

"We will be finalizing a bill soon, and among its provisions, it will address the issue that women are charged nearly 50 percent more than men for the same coverage when they purchase insurance in the individual market.... We will eliminate co-pays and deductibles for recommended preventive services, such as early screenings, mammograms, well baby care, well child care, and maternity services.... If you have ever had a c-section, pre-existing medical condition. Or being a victim of domestic violence. Think of this, you have survived domestic violence and now you are discriminated in the insurance market because you have a pre-existing medical condition. Well, that will all be gone under this legislation."

Speaker Pelosi Opening Remarks

"Good afternoon, everyone. It is wonderful to see you on this beautiful day as we move closer to achieving affordable quality accessible health care for all Americans. This is important to all Americans; we want to emphasize today why it is especially necessary for women and what is in our bill for women and why passage of this legislation is so necessary.

"I am pleased to be joined by my colleagues whom you will hear from in the following order: Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky of Illinois, Congresswoman Donna Edwards of Maryland, and Congresswoman Mary Jo Kilroy of Ohio, Ellie Smea
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