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Few individual health policies cover maternity

San Francisco Chronicle, March 24, 2009

The number of individual health insurance policies that do not include maternity coverage has risen dramatically in recent years, prompting concern among consumers and a legislative effort to require California insurers to include the benefit. About 805,000 Californians have insurance policies that specifically exclude maternity coverage—a number that has more than quadrupled from 192,000 in 2004, according to the California Health Benefits Review Program.