ICAN has a new press release about insurance companies not covering or charging more to women how have had a cesarean. Please read the whole article. Another good reason to do everything you can to have a vaginal birth.
For Immediate Release
Insurance Companies Rejecting Women with History of Cesarean
Some Companies Require Surgical Sterilization for Coverage;
Trend Gives New Imperative to Learn Ways to Avoid Unnecessary Cesarean
Redondo Beach, CA, June 1, 2008 – As reported in today’s New York Times, ICAN has begun tracking an alarming new trend of insurance companies refusing to provide health insurance for women with a history of cesarean surgery. In some cases, women are being rejected for coverage outright and in other case they are being charged significantly higher rates to obtain the same coverage as women without a history of cesarean. With over a million women each year undergoing this surgery, this practice has the potential to render large numbers of women uninsurable.