Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Donate a kidney and get stuck with a "pre-existing condition"

I received an e-mail today from Mitch Stewart (Director, Organizing for America). Here's the part that caught my attention:
Jenny U. from Missouri did what any parent would: When her son needed a kidney, she donated one of hers. But she didn't realize insurance companies would use her kindness as an excuse to never cover her again, calling her donation a "pre-existing condition."

Now, insurance companies are spending millions on a campaign of lies to kill health reform that would help folks like Jenny. So, today, with crucial negotiations taking place in Congress, we're raising our voices and making it clear: It's time to deliver on reform.
Would you donate a kidney if you knew that you would have a very difficult time obtaining health insurance in the future? I know many people who have donated kidneys, but I've never thought about the consequences associated with having a "pre-existing condition."

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