Uncategorized

Almost One in Four Non-Elderly North Carolinians Has a Diagnosed Pre-Existing Condition

Families USA released a report Thursday that further underscores the importance of the new health reform law.

According to the group’s latest analysis, approximately 1.8 million North Carolinians have a diagnosed pre-existing condition that could lead to the denial of coverage in the individual health insurance market.

The report shows that while individuals of all age groups, income levels and ethnicity in North Carolina have pre-existing conditions, this is a problem that grows with age:

  • More than one in six (17.1 percent of) young adults aged 18 to 24 has a diagnosed pre-existing condition that could lead to a denial of coverage.
  • More than one-third (36.7 percent) of adults aged 45 to 54 have a diagnosed pre-existing condition that could lead to a denial of coverage.
  • In the 55 to 64 age group, the portion of adults with diagnosed pre-existing conditions climbs to nearly half (47.3 percent).

The health reform law, signed by President Obama in March, prohibits denial of coverage for pre-existing conditions. The measure also stipulates that insurers cannot charge discriminatory premiums based on health status, nor deny benefits that would treat the health conditions.

The Families USA report relied on data from the federal Medical Expenditures Panel Survey and demographic data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s Current Population Survey.

2 Comments


  1. […] This post was mentioned on Twitter by Alzheimers Lady, Victoria Evans. Victoria Evans said: The Progressive Pulse – Almost One in Four Non-Elderly North … http://bit.ly/bl4rMD […]

  2. […] The Progressive Pulse (blog) […]

Check Also

Time’s ticking, the ACA’s Open Enrollment deadline is fast approaching (video)

North Carolinians only have ten days left to ...

Top Stories from NCPW

  • News
  • Commentary

Frenches Creek Finishing lies in the watery lowlands of Bladen County, near Lion Swamp, Conkill and [...]

Historical commission member weighs in on monuments, free speech Valerie Johnson is the Mott Disting [...]

The Gardner farm in Wade, population 567, in Cumberland County has been in the family for more than [...]

North Carolina’s former public school superintendent June Atkinson says the state’s new K-12 leader [...]

The solid citizens of Johnston County, N.C. – in a fateful quirk of geography – for several years ha [...]

Why North Carolina’s coal ash and mental health crises have a lot in common Two of the biggest stori [...]

The post Tax Cuts & Jobs Act for the 1% appeared first on NC Policy Watch. [...]

Tax “reform” is on the front burner in Washington this holiday season and, as many knowledgeable obs [...]

Featured | Special Projects

NC Budget 2017
The maze of the NC Budget is complex. Follow the stories to follow the money.
Read more


NC Redistricting 2017
New map, new districts, new lawmakers. Here’s what you need to know about gerrymandering in NC.
Read more