One October weekend a couple years ago, I drove four hundred miles from my apartment in New York City to an all-day diner near Niagara Falls, to meet a man to whom I might — we weren’t sure — be related. We’d found each other through an African-American genealogy group for people who live in, or come from, or have ties to Carroll County in the Mississippi Delta.
A year before the passage of the ACA, a National Women’s Law Center survey found only 13 percent of individual insurance plans available to a 30-year-old woman provided any kind of maternity coverage. (Photo: iStock)
Prior to the passage of the Affordable Care Act in 2010, women who sought to purchase health insurance regularly confronted some harsh market conditions.
Prior to the passage of the Affordable Care Act in 2010, women who sought to purchase health insurance regularly confronted some harsh market conditions. Insurance companies in the era before Obamacare often wouldn't underwrite pregnant women or would issue policies that excluded care during pregnancy. Having delivered a child via cesarean section, as more than 1 million women do every year in the U.S., also pushed women into a higher-cost category, or disqualified them altogether.