Kids With Preexisting Illness Get New Protection For Coverage, But Hurdles Remain

Kaiser Health News staff writers Laurie McGinley and Mary Agnes Carey report: “When an insurance company refused to cover Deborah Gustlin’s son because he has Asperger’s syndrome, she took a drastic step: ‘I decided to lie,’ says the 51-year-old resident of Morgan Hill, Calif. She applied to another insurer, didn’t disclose that Benjamin has a form of autism, and got him covered. She doesn’t submit claims related to Asperger’s, but ‘at least I have coverage for him if he breaks his arm'” (McGinley and Carey, 9/23). Read the entire article.

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