Health care advocates go after women’s support

Health care advocates go after women’s support

Women have been a focus of Obamacare since its inception. Free contraception, guaranteed maternity care and the promise that insurers can’t charge them more than men in similar health were parts of the law that resonated with women.

But now the law’s supporters are even more actively courting women as they seek to get millions of Americans to buy insurance through online marketplaces opening in October.

“Reaching out to women is an essential ingredient to make this law work,” said Neera Tanden, counselor to the progressive Center for American Progress Action Fund.

Roughly 1.4 million women in Florida — about a quarter of the state’s female population — have no health insurance. Rates are higher among women of color. Nearly 41 percent of Latino women have no insurance and 31 percent of black women are uninsured.

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