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Lawmakers tussle over bill that would ease health insurance gender discrimination

DENVER-- A packed hearing Thursday for a bill that seeks to address wide differences in cost based on gender in the individual health insurance market in Colorado saw clashes erupt between male and female members of the committee. House Bill 1008, sponsored by Reps Beth McCann, D-Denver, and Sue Schafer, D-Wheat Ridge, seeks to distribute and lower those costs for women who don't have employer or state health plans. The motion ultimately passed out of committee on an 8 to 2 vote.