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A new 'pre-existing condition'?

• May 10, 2016 at 5:00 PM

Has the “guidance” of a national organization turned not being able to afford health insurance premiums under the Affordable Care Act a “pre-existing condition” all its own?

That’s what blogger Dana Kuhn suggests in a post on TheHill.com.


Kuhn is the founder and president of Patient Services Inc., a non-profit charitable organization that helps patients find health insurance and then provides or subsidizes the cost of health insurance premiums/co-payments for persons suffering from specialized expensive chronic illnesses, so says her short biography at the end of her post.

“When Congress passed the Affordable Care Act in 2010, it took the historic step of preventing health insurers from discriminating against patients with pre-existing conditions,” Kuhn wrote. “Unfortunately, guidance from the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is now risking those gains and keeping essential treatments and services out of reach for vulnerable patients who need them the most. In so doing, CMS has inadvertently turned not being able to afford your health insurance premium into the new ‘pre-existing condition.’ This is contrary to the intent of the ACA.”

Read the complete blog: “A new ‘pre-existing condition’ for those living with chronic and life-threatening illnesses.”

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