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Post-divorce, many women lose health insurance


More than 100,000 women lose their private health insurance every year because of divorce. And the loss isn’t temporary—overall rates of coverage remain depressed for more than two years.

“The current health care and insurance system in the US is inadequate for a population in which multiple marital and job changes over the life course are not uncommon,” says Bridget Lavelle, a doctoral candidate in public policy and sociology at the University of Michigan.

“It remains to be seen how effective the Affordable Care Act will be in remedying the problem of insurance loss after divorce, but the law has provisions that may help substantially.”

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  • Anonymous

    I had a horrible and messy divorce process (thankfully, I had a great lawyer, <a href="http://www.avvo.com/attorneys/77056-tx-marshall-brown-116550.html">Marshall Davis Brown</a>), and after it was finalized, I was one of the women without health insurance. It took me a while to get back on my feet before I found a job that offered me insurance, which was good luck for me because I ended up needing surgery shortly after.