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Pre-Existing Condition Exclusions Harm Women

How Pre-existing Condition Exclusions Harm Women under the Republican-backed health reform bill.

Pregnancy is one of many pre-existing conditions for which Republicans want to deny care.

Republicans have long promised to “repeal and replace” the law that made coverage for pre-existing medical conditions mandatory. Prior to the Affordable Care Act, people with medical issues dubbed pre-existing conditions were denied health care, even if they had paid for insurance for years. An $8 billion last-minute fix attempts to fund some care for people with pre-existing conditions. But health care experts say it’s not enough. And it doesn’t mandate (or fund) coverage for pre-existing conditions like the Affordable Care Act did.

 

So what exactly is a pre-existing condition? It’s any medical condition, no matter how trivial, that existed prior to a person’s plan. When coverage for these conditions isn’t mandated, insurers can deny coverage on the basis of a pre-existing condition. This means sick people often can’t get health insurance. But it also means that people who think they have no relevant pre-existing conditions might still be denied care. For example, a woman with ovarian cancer might be denied coverage because she had an ovarian cyst 10, 20, or 70 years before.

Pre-existing condition exclusions harm women especially. That’s not an accident. The Republican administration and Republican Congress have targeted women for months.

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Republicans Ignore Needs of Pregnant Women, Fetuses With Zika

The Zika virus, a mosquito-transmitted infection that attacks the brain cells of fetuses in utero, could become a major public health threat this summer. But Republicans–in spite of their insistence that they care about unborn babies–refuse to do anything about it. Why would Republicans not want to fund Zika research? Most of them are old men that do not get pregnant and their wives are not allowed to go outside the home.

Learn more about the issue by reading our story on the Daily Kos here.