Farrell, Noreen

Noreen Farrell is the Managing Attorney of Equal Rights Advocates.

Health Coverage - a Commonsense Protection During Pregnancy Leave

By Noreen Farrell, Equal Rights Advocates and Beth McGovern, California Commission on the Status of Women

Julia was eight months pregnant when her employer informed her that her health insurance coverage would be dropped during her pregnancy leave. Julia panicked. Without insurance, she faced thousands of dollars in medical bills. Not knowing if she could cover the expenses, Julia worried she would be unable to continue care with her doctor just when she needed it the most. Lack of health insurance coverage exposed Julia and her baby to medical risks, fiscal ruin, and extreme anxiety.  Sadly, Julia is not alone.