Democrats' Plan to Help 'Uninsurables' Requires 6-Month Wait

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  1. Revmitchell

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    WASHINGTON - You're afraid your cancer is back, and a health insurance company just turned you down.

    Under the health care bills in Congress, you could apply for coverage through a new high-risk pool that President Barack Obama promises would immediately start serving patients with pre-existing medical problems.

    Wait a second. Read the fine print. You may have to be uninsured for six months to qualify.

    "If you are a cancer patient and have cancer now, you can't wait six months to go into a plan because your condition can go from bad to death," said Stephen Finan, a policy expert with the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network. He called the waiting period in the Senate bill "unacceptable."

    Advocates for people with serious health problems, as well as some insurance experts, are raising questions about one of the most important upfront benefits in the Democratic health care legislation: a high-risk pool for the medically uninsurable.

    Obama proposed the pool in his September health care speech to Congress. Intended to serve the most vulnerable as a temporary fail-safe, it would stay in place until 2013. That's when insurance companies would be banned from denying coverage because of medical problems.

    Government subsidies to make coverage more affordable for millions of uninsured would also start that year.

    Now, concerns are being raised about the design of the high-risk pools. In addition to the six-month wait, there's a more fundamental issue -- whether $5 billion set aside for the three-year program is enough. The money would be used to help people in poor health pay premiums.

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    Thanks for the good news. On which insurance theory should a new policy cover a pre-existing condition? (OK, pregnancies are usually covered pre policy or post expiration but not both.)
     
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    Let's see...how many folks with cancer will die during that 6 month waiting period???

    (Maybe I'm overreacting.)
     

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