This is what health coverage (by gender) looks like if Obamacare is overturned:
Twenty-two states protecting men’s health more than women’s.
http://bit.ly/MHRV8B via Think Progress
[Image description: A map of the United States, with states that mandate parity in insurance coverage of reproductive healthcare in purple, states that do not mandate such parity in grey. List to follow.]
PPACA, the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare) includes two important mandates that go a long way toward addressing sex-based (not gender based) health care access inequalities.
First is that a long list of preventative healthcare measures must be provided without a co-pay, including prescription contraceptives.
The second, perhaps even more important, is that insurers will have to cease the practice of charging higher premiums to customers designated female, which happens even with policies that do not cover reproductive matters.
Should PPACA be overturned by the Supreme Court (the ruling is coming in a few days) there are 22 states where insurance companies are allowed under current state lawto charge more for reproductive healthcare procedures and medications for people with uteruses (note: again, that’s sex, not gender, this affects people who aren’t women), or outright refuse to cover our reproductive healthcare needs entiretly.
The states where a loss of PPACA will mean a loss for us is: