The National Women’s Law Center (NWLC) filed administrative complaints with the Office for Civil Rights in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, challenging five employers’ health benefit plans that exclude pregnancy coverage for their employees’ dependent daughters.
Their complaints called out:
- Auburn University
- Gonzaga University
- Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education
- Beacon Health System
- Battelle Memorial Institute
The NWLC is a nonprofit organization advocates for women’s equality. They point to a provision of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPAC) that prohibits sex discrimination in healthcare plans. The PPAC creates a nationwide insurance system and requires employer healthcare plans to offer coverage to dependent children up to the age of 26. The PPAC is the first federal law to ban sex discrimination in healthcare programs that receive federal funds.
The NWLC estimates 2.4 million women younger than age 25 experience pregnancy each year. If they are covered by their parents’ plans, the NWLC contends, their pregnancy costs would be included under the terms of the PPAC.