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[Editorial] Unfinished business: women’s health inequality in the USA

Not so long ago, women in the USA faced overt institutional sex discrimination in access to health care. “Gender rating” meant some women could be charged up to 50% more for health-care insurance than men, while many services that women required—such as sexual, reproductive, and maternity services—were often excluded from insurance plans. One of the key aims of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), introduced in 2010, was to address women’s unequal access to affordable health care.