Earlier:The MacArthur-Meadows amendment, proposed by New Jersey State Representative Tom MacArthur, permits states to refuse health care coverage for certain pre-existing conditions, an alarming amount of which are female-centric.
Things like postpartum depression, cesarean sections, surviving domestic violence and, yes, even rape, are all grounds for coverage denial under this latest AHCA change.
Coverage for mammograms and gynecological services could also be denied under this new plan.
Though it's clear a majority of these conditions listed are gender-specific conditions, the amendment itself denies any sort of gender-based discrimination. It reads,
The amendment also claims it won't "limit access to health coverage for individuals with pre-existing conditions."
However, Physicians for Reproductive Health advocacy fellow Dr. Diane Horvath-Cosper told Elle, "Most of the people who have C-sections identify as women, so that's a shorthand for a gender discriminatory policy," and she also added, "A majority of people who get pregnant identify as women, so that's gender discrimination, straight up."
Horvath-Cospar also says in a statement,
In terms of rape and sexual assault, conditions which were originally protected under Obamacare, insurance companies can now deny coverage for the physical and mental care needed following an assault.