Newborn with heart defect is denied insurance coverage

From Ken Anderson, who draws the right conclusion from this sorry episode:

Mark,

It’s amazing to me that these insurance companies simply keep on with
business as usual — or worse than usual — as though nothing is in the
air. I guess that is confidence borne of already knowing that you have
cut some sweet deals with Obama, so nothing to worry about. I have to
wonder how long this pre-existing condition ban will stay in place, or
whether it is as strong as it needs to be.

Ken

Newborn With Heart Defect Is Denied Insurance Coverage
Posted Thursday, Mar. 25, 2010
BY JAN JARVIS

At birth, Houston Tracy let out a single loud cry before his father cut the cord and handed him to a nurse.

Instantly, Doug Tracy knew something was wrong with his son.

“He wasn’t turning pink fast enough,” Tracy said. “When they listened to his chest, they realized he had an issue.”

That turned out to be d-transposition of the great arteries, a defect in which the two major vessels that carry blood away from the heart are reversed. The condition causes babies to turn blue.

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