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September 16, 2009

EIGHT STATES ALLOW INSURANCE COMPANIES TO DENY WOMEN COVERAGE IF BEING BATTERED IS A "PREEXISTING CONDITION."

Reality Based Community - Per the estimable Ryan Grim: In eight states and DC, domestic violence victims (even those who have moved out on the batterer) can be refused health insurance because battering is a "pre-existing condition." In 2006, Republicans killed a legislative provision that would have forbidden that practice. Mike Enzi, now one of the "Gang of Six" joined in, and defended, the effort to kill the provision, reasoning that it would increase insurance rates.

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