Wednesday, January 07, 2004
Actual reporting from your crack Zwichenzug staff
In addition, loopholes in the law allow some local employers to avoid paying for coverage. For example, employers who run their own health insurance programs, such as the Carle Foundation Hospital, are exempt from the law.
While acknowledging that most health care providers who deny contraceptive coverage do so legally, WHTF argues that failure to provide coverage is gender discrimination.
"The fact that it's legal doesn't make it right," said WHTF spokesperson Brooke Anderson, "women are being required to pay more for health care just because they are women."
Kathie Spegal of Planned Parenthood pointed out that in December 2001 the Equal Employment Opportunities Commission issued an opinion that stated that exclusion of prescription contraceptives from health insurance plans is gender discrimination.
"No one who has filed an EEOC complaint has lost," said Ms. Spegal. "We're willing to go that route."