Teresa C. Younger, executive director of the state Permanent Commission on the Status of Women on today’s Supreme Court decision: “We have gender rating that allows health insurance companies to charge women more than men just for being a woman, just for being born a woman. That kind of disparity over a lifetime is significant for women. We know that the greatest number of medical bankruptcies go toward women, because they cannot afford the cost of health care. And they are the ones oftentimes making the decisions for their families and themselves and they will oftentimes put themselves last.”

Judy Tabor, president of Planned Parenthood of Southern New England, which annually serves 70,000 women in Connecticut and Rhode Island, 80 percent of whom with low incomes: “Now they won’t have to make a decision about whether to buy their birth control, or pay for their groceries or fill their tank with gas. They’ll me able to get their preventive health care, and birth control, cancer screenings without a co-pay. This is the greatest advancement for women in a generation.”

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