Maternity benefits excluded for daughters –never occurred to me

I learned something new today from Kaiser Health News:

Employer health plans routinely cover pregnancy costs for workers and their spouses—but not necessarily daughters. According to a handful of new complaints filed with the federal government, that’s sex discrimination, and the Affordable Care Act doesn’t allow it.

I never really thought about it before, but I would have guessed that benefits for dependents would have been the same as for the employee and spouse. The National Women’s Law Center has filed a lawsuit and although I’m no lawyer I think they may have a point.

I can see how this issue would be even more prominent under Obamacare, which allows dependents to stay on their parents’ plans until age 26.

I wonder if there are other benefits that are different for dependents vs. worker and spouse.

June 7, 2013

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