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Today’s Lady News: Domestic Violence Victims Have More Health Care Costs, Says Study

  • A study published in the Journal of General Internal Medicine found that women who suffered from domestic violence have higher health care costs, even after the abuse ends. Female victims of intimate partner violence average over $1,200 more in health care costs during the first two years after the abuse ends, compared with women who have not been abused. The study examined the health care costs of 2,026 women — which included 859 victims of domestic violence— between 1992 and 2002. Said the study’s co-author, Amy Bonomi, in a statement, “If we can prevent domestic violence, we are not only helping the women involved, we are also saving money in our healthcare system.” [UPI]
  • A study from the University of Manitoba found fifty percent of women who’ve had an abortion struggle with depression or substance abuse. The study, published in the Canadian Journal of Psychology, examined data collected from 3,210 American women interviewed by the National Institute of Mental Health and the National Institute of Drug Abuse between 2001 and 2003. Researchers say the findings should not suggest abortion causes drug/alcohol abuse or depression, as women may have had depression or substance abuse problems before terminating a pregnancy. [Montreal Gazette]

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Today’s Lady News: Report Says WellPoint Insurance Targeted Breast Cancer Patients

  • An exclusive investigation by Reuters alleges that health insurance company WellPoint used a computer algorithm to find breast cancer patients and drop their health benefits. This software tipped federal investigators off to a fraud investigation. Although many insurance companies have been known to drop clients who become ill — which is called “rescission” — investigators say WellPoint may be one of the worst offenders. In a statement to Reuters, WellPoint said there are various types of criteria that may prompt “rescission” of a policyholder. [Reuters]
  • A 12-year-old Saudi Arabian girl has been granted a divorce from her 80-year-old “husband.” Forced into a marriage at age 11 for a $22,000 dowry to her father’s cousin, the “child bride” protested so vehemently that she attracted international attention and support. The girl was represented by the state-run Human Rights Commission in court, which helped to privately settle the divorce. The HRC in Saudi Arabia also announced it would seek to set 16 years old as the minimum age for marriage. [AOL News]
  • Republican Review, a newsletter from the Medina County Republican Executive Committee in Ohio, thought the cleverest way to defeat Congresswoman Betty Sutton (OH-13) would be to say, “Let’s take Betty Sutton out of the House and put her back in the kitchen!” Face meet palm. Can I get a big ol’ WTF?! from my conservative lady-pals? [Emily's List]

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Girl Talk: I Got Married For Health Insurance

I’d never been one of those girls who’d dreamt about her perfect wedding. The virgin-white dress, the exorbitant costs, the fuss over a big, shiny rock — none of it ever appealed to me. I wanted to find a lifelong partner, and a family sounded nice, too, but honestly? I never cared much about that piece of paper. So why did I just marry my boyfriend after pondering it for a mere two hours? One (evidently all-too-common) reason: health insurance. Keep reading »

Chubby Baby Denied Health Insurance

When it comes to babies, our throbbing ovaries tell us the chubbier, the better. We could just coo and squeeze 4-month-old Alex Lange, weighing in at 17 pounds, all day! (Before coming to our senses and handing him back to his mommy, that is.) But Rocky Mountain Health Plans denied health insurance for this cutie-patootie because he’s a “high-risk patient” with a “pre-existing condition of obesity.” WTF?!? Alex is in the 99th percentile for height and weight for a baby, but, apparently, Rocky Mountain Health Plans won’t provide health insurance to babies who rank any higher than the 95th percentile. “I could understand if we could control what he’s eating. But he’s 4 months old. He’s breastfeeding. We can’t put him on the Atkins diet or on a treadmill,” said his father, Bernie Lange. His parents also made a joke about putting Alex on SlimFast once he’s eating solid food. Hey, don’t give anyone any ideas! [Denver Post]

UPDATE: This Monday, Rocky Mountain Health Plans changed its policy to cover Alex and “other healthy babies.” It’s still not OK that only “healthy” babies get coverage, but at least this insurer has stopped with this obesity silliness. [Denver Post] Keep reading »

Why Doesn’t Tara Subkoff Have Health Insurance?

Last week it was announced that Tara Subkoff, designer for the edgy, high-end brand Imitation of Christ, was diagnosed with a brain tumor and would be undergoing brain surgery. If she doesn’t get the surgery — which will require a year of recovery, during which she won’t be able to work — within two years, the tumor will be fatal. As a result, her friends — who include big time stars like “The Royal Tenenbaums” director Wes Anderson and actress Chloe Sevigny — are throwing her a silent auction art benefit (they’re asking for donations) tomorrow night in New York City to raise money to pay for the costly procedure.

Because Subkoff, it seems, does not have health insurance. My second response — after the initial, “Oh man, that’s sad” — was, “Umm, why the f**k not?” Keep reading »

Recessionista Report: Destination Weddings, Health Costs, And Domestic Abuse

  • Destination Weddings: A growing number of couples are choosing to say “I do” under the Caribbean sun, rather than having a traditional wedding in their hometown, even though we’re in a recession. A survey by Destination Weddings predicts the destination wedding industry will grow to $16 billion this year, compared with $13 billion last year and $3 billion in 2001. A destination wedding at an all-inclusive resort can be cheaper than a traditional wedding. “Weddings at home tend to be larger,” said Cathy Preece, a tourism industry expert who represents the Caribbean island of St. Kitts. “Brides who are here have their mother who says you have to invite this person and this person.” But the couple having a destination wedding tends to only invite close family and friends — 48 guests, on average. Unfortunately, destinations that are farther away haven’t had the surge that the Caribbean, Mexico, and Florida have enjoyed. [Reuters]
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    I Now Pronounce You Fully Covered

    Marrying for health insurance is nothing new. Even I proposed to two men when my health insurance was canceled recently (sadly, they both said no). But even when love isn’t the complete reason for getting married, most couples still have enough time to plan their dream wedding, whatever that may be. Things worked out differently, however, for writer Carrie Sloan, who wed her fiance Adam Lisberg in the 36 hours between being laid off and April 1, the deadline to be added to his health insurance. Keep reading »

    Quickies!: Willie Nelson For President, Gastrosexuals, & The Benefits Of Marriage

  • There’s a write-in movement underway, complete with campaign song, to elect country music icon Willie Nelson as the next President of the United States. [The Boot]
  • Are PETA’s ads sexy or sexist? [Daily Bedpost]
  • A new breed of man has been identified: the gastrosexual, who uses his cooking skills to woo and seduce. I’ve got one! [Elastic Waist]
  • More than one in 20 couples have married for better health benefits. [Tango]
  • Morning sex is the best way to start the day, but it’s not easy to initiate with a one night stand. [College Candy]
  • IM-ing someone is so much more casual and less stressful than the first phone call. [College Candy]
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    Poll: Health Insurance Is Reason #19867 Why You Should Get Married

    Not having health insurance makes life expensive — either you pay hundreds every month so you have insurance, or you risk it and pay tons in hospital bills when you get hit by a cyclist going 40 mph. However, some people think they have found the answer to this money-sucking problem: marriage! In a survey commissioned by the Kaiser Family Foundation, 7 percent of Americans said they or someone in their household decided to marry in the last year so they could get health care benefits via their spouse. No word yet on the divorce rates for these “health-insurance marriages.” [Los Angeles Times] Keep reading »

    Wal-Mart: Always Low Prices, Finally An Inkling Of Human Decency

    Last week we wrote about Wal-Mart employee Debbie Shank, who was struck by a truck and suffered severe brain damage and whose medical expenses were covered by her Wal-Mart insurance. The chain sued for reimbursement of $400,000+ after Shank won a settlement against the truck company which was responsible for her accident. Today the mega-chain finally dropped their suit. Wal-Mart, you (finally) did the right thing. But we’re still going to shop at Target! [St. Louis Today] Keep reading »

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