- The Progressive Pulse - http://pulse.ncpolicywatch.org -

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

Families USA released a report [1] 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. [2]

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:

The health reform law, signed by [3] 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 [4] report relied on data from the federal Medical Expenditures Panel Survey and demographic data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s Current Population Survey.