Image courtesy of SEIU blog post.

Image courtesy of SEIU blog post.

I just learned from a SEIU blog post that in eight states (plus DC), eight of the sixteen largest health insurance companies have denied coverage to people based on their experience of being a victim/survivor of domestic violence. Way to further victimize them, insurance companies. I can’t stress enough how completely harmful this is. Think of this scenario (which I am sure happens all too often, based on the number of people uninsured in our country): A women gets physically harmed by her partner. She has no insurance, so maybe she forgoes treatment, because she can’t handle the debt she’d incur for treatment without insurance. That isolates her from not only necessary healing treatment, but also from the contact with medical staff that may be able to reach out to her, make her feel safe and strong enough to share her story and seek out additional help and support to get away from an abusive husband or boyfriend. Or say she does go the hospital or her doctor for treatment despite having no insurance, and she comes out with a huge bill. This might make her all that more economically dependent on her abusive partner. Domestic violence perpetrators often use finances to control their partners, and economic issues can be a huge match to spark domestic violence incidents.

Further proof that health-care reform is desperately needed in this country.