Divorce often forerunner to women losing health coverage

Posted on: Wednesday, January 02, 2013

A new report indicates that a considerably high number of women who go through a divorce shortly thereafter lose their health insurance.

According to researchers from the University of Michigan, approximately 115,000 women lose their private health insurance plans in the aftermath of a divorce and remain in a depressed state for often as long as two years after they legally separate from their spouses.

Bridget LaValle, a U-M doctoral candidate in public policy and lead author of the study, indicated that while all divorced women hold some risk of losing their health coverage, women who have moderate-incomes tend to be the most likely. This is largely due to the safety net lower-income women have through government programs, while those who make high salaries are usually able to afford plans that may be more expensive.

The details that derive from health insurance leads often vary, but they will occasionally include information on the marital status of the insurance customer. This may prove to be helpful for insurance agents to know more about their client before officially meeting with them.

Posted In: Insurance News, Health Insurance

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