Tuesday, October 13, 2009

This is whats wrong with our health care system

I wasn't going to write anything today, but I wanted to highlight the major issue with our health care system. Denying a 4 month old baby health coverage is absolutely absurd. The boy was born at a reasonable 8 pounds 4 ounces. By 4 months this baby weighed in at 17 pounds and 25 inches which placed him in the 99th percentile. Sure this is a big baby, but to the point that insurance companies can deny him is not right in any way.

My son was 5 pounds 14 ounces, and by the time he was 4 months old he was 17 pounds. Now, he is actually under weight at age 5. The point is that insurance companies should not be able to determine off of very limited information who to give coverage to and not. Children all grow at different rates. Just because a baby is big at 4 months doesn't mean they will be big at 15 months. Babies grow so rapidly the first few months that the percentiles are very general and not a good indicator of future size in babies as young as this.

Children in no way shape or form should be denied coverage for whatever reason. This child should receive coverage none the less because of the new child health care bill. These are some of the changes that have been made by our government in the health care debate. Congress however wants to completely overall our system and get the government involved in providing health care, which is completely unnecessary, See my previous post. The government needs to set regulation in place that protects certain groups, such as children. They have done this with the child health care bill.

Our health care system definitely has a ways to go when insurance companies are allowed to deny coverage to a 4 month old baby. That's immoral, wrong, and to be honest, quite disturbing.

****UPDATE******** The insurance company, Rocky Mountain Health Plans, rescinded their denial of coverage. I guess they realized how stupid they were. Plus, I am sure all the bad press was not welcomed either.

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