Women Demand Equal Benefits for Equal Premiums

Ellen Laden, director of public relations for Golden Rule, was reached for comment today by ABC News and said that the insurance company's decision to deny Robertson coverage in 2007 was state-specific to Colorado and that the policy at the company has changed.

"Today, in all of the states in which we do business, Golden Rule does offer coverage to women who have had previous C-section," Laden said, adding that determining whether the individual has to pay higher premiums depends on the state. "In some states, they may pay a higher premium. In other states there may be exclusionary riders – there may be a period of time in which we would not cover additional C-sections – it may be a six-month rider, a 12-month rider."

The HELP committee is considering legislation – the Affordable Health Choices Act – which aims to give women equal insurance benefits for equal premiums.

"We must continue our fight for women, whether it's in the workplace, the doctor's office or the hospital," Mikulski said. "Health care is a women's issue. Health care reform is a must-do women's issue. And health insurance reform is a must change women's issue."

ABC News' Lisa Stark contributed to this report.

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