Governor Charlie Baker signed House Bill 842 into law Thursday to prevent insurance companies from charging higher premiums for women.
At Thursday’s bill signing ceremony, the governor was joined by members of the legislature including house speaker Robert DeLeo, and the bill’s prime sponsor, State Representative Ruth Balser.
Balser has been a champion of women’s rights for more than ten years. She said this legislation will bring more equity to the Commonwealth.
“And today we’re celebrating the end of the most egregious form of gender discrimination which is charging women way more than men for the exact same disability protection,” said Representative Balser.
Under the new law, insurance companies can no longer charge women more for disability insurance.
Insurers resisted the legislation, saying there are several reasons why sex can change policy prices, especially when considering how likely someone is to make a claim.
Advocates credit bipartisan support for this bill making it to the governor’s desk.
Gov. Baker said he’s looking forward to the new law, which will go into effect on January 1, 2020.