Domestic violence as a pre-existing medical condition

Yet more proof that our current health care system is absolutely fine just as it is:

[I]n DC and nine other states, including Arkansas, Idaho, Mississippi, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, and Wyoming, insurance companies have gone too far, claiming that “domestic violence victim” is also a pre-existing condition.*

Domestic violence as a pre-existing medical condition…now I’ve heard it all. It seems there’s absolutely no limit to how low health insurance companies will sink to save a few bucks, and it’s both sad and disturbing that nine states still allow domestic violence victims to be denied health insurance because of their status as victims.

*Source: National Women’s Law Center. Nowhere to Turn: How the Individual Health Insurance Market Fails Women, 2008.


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3 thoughts on “Domestic violence as a pre-existing medical condition

    1. Yeah – hence the smiley. I suspect it’s not nearly so black and white as is portrayed – for example, is such disqualification actually being done in those states? Sometimes, just because there is no law specifically making something illegal doesn’t mean it’s actually done or is a problem. Along the same lines as saying or states/municipalities that don’t have laws requiring hands’ free devices or banning texting will driving mean that they allow them – when in reality, enforcement of general distracted driving rules are capable of addressing it just fine.

      That said, if that is truly going on in those states, it is without question a deplorable practice. This should go without saying. I would love to see specific legislation targeting the issue of pre-existing conditions. This issue has near unanimous support and could easily have been passed back in July (or by previous sessions of Congress). Both sides would rather play politics than solve problems.

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