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Should Peri-Menopause Be a Pre-Existing Condition?

Is it true that being a woman is a pre-existing condtion? Gina Presson is an independent television producer who recently bought a health insurance policy only to discover this:

Gina came to see me after dealing with hives on her skin, which had been infrequent for years but had become persistent for the past two . . . → Read More: Should Peri-Menopause Be a Pre-Existing Condition?

Is Adoption an Option If You Have To Buy Your Own Insurance?

Maybe not…

By any plausible measure, Scott Dolezal is a healthy man.

The Oak Park resident stands 6-foot-3 and weighs 210 pounds.

He runs regularly, doesn’t smoke, and has no history of heart trouble, elevated cholesterol, hay fever, psoriasis, musculoskeletal conditions or any of the dozens of other ailments about which health insurance companies inquire.In . . . → Read More: Is Adoption an Option If You Have To Buy Your Own Insurance?

Kenyan Health Insurance Denied to 128 year-old Man

We don’t think that many of you will be having this problem, but thought we’d pass it along anyway:

Have you ever been denied health insurance? Tell us about it in our discussion forum!

Can Drinking Too Much Coffee Cost You Health Insurance Coverage?

We’ve heard some pretty darn goofy reasons for denying health insurance coverage, but this one takes the cake! (And should strike fear into the hearts of our many coffee-addict friends…)

Berks County Register of Wills Frederick C. Sheeler said he felt a fluttering in his heart about 10 years ago and went to a doctor, . . . → Read More: Can Drinking Too Much Coffee Cost You Health Insurance Coverage?

Are Health Insurance Companies Passive-Aggressive Bullies?

This is a really interesting commentary which may sound familiar to many of us. Dr. Charles Atkins wrote about his own experiences having the prescriptions for his own migraine headaches repeatedly denied by his health insurance carrier in favor of a cheaper substitute. I know I’ve had this experience and I’m sure that many of . . . → Read More: Are Health Insurance Companies Passive-Aggressive Bullies?

Would You Be Fired if Your Child Was Sick?

That’s the question in a new lawsuit in Florida. Yovany Gonzalez is suing Wells Fargo fired him when his daughter needed treatment for cancer. With Gonzalez fired a few days before an expensive surgery for his daughter, the hospital cancelled the surgery. Mackenzie Gonzalez died later from her cancer.

The Young Turks recently talked . . . → Read More: Would You Be Fired if Your Child Was Sick?

Should We Just Start Bake Sales to Pay Our Medical Bills?

Another creative form fundraising for medical bills:

Arijit Guha is a 31-year-old doctoral candidate at Arizona State University. He recently got married. And, since February, he has sold T-shirts to pay for his chemotherapy.

Guha has Stage 4 colon cancer, a diagnosis that comes with an 8.1 percent survival rate. Although he has health insurance, . . . → Read More: Should We Just Start Bake Sales to Pay Our Medical Bills?

What Do Health Insurers Think Is “Medically Necessary”?

Sad health insurance story out of St. Louis today:

St. Louis reporter Carolyn Tuft Wilson suffers from a severe airway obstruction which is caused by her jawbones. Her specific jaw structure restricts her intake of oxygen by partially blocking her airflow. She has undergone nine different surgeries in an attempt to correct the condition but . . . → Read More: What Do Health Insurers Think Is “Medically Necessary”?

So What If There Is No Real, Proven Treatment For Your Disease?

We share all kinds of stories of everyday people who have had to fight their health insurance for care so that folks know that they’re not alone.  From MRIs to transplants, mammograms to life-saving surgery, it’s unfortunate but people are fighting those denials everyday.  But what happens when you have a disease that almost no . . . → Read More: So What If There Is No Real, Proven Treatment For Your Disease?

Link of the Day: the Community Assistance Program (CAP)

We’ve mentioned the Community Assistance Program (CAP) on this blog from time to time, and now the Department of Health and Human Services is reporting that the program has helped 200,000 people in 22 states gain access to health insurance in its first year. CAP grants went out to the states to set up help . . . → Read More: Link of the Day: the Community Assistance Program (CAP)