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

Posted By Clayton Henkel On May 27, 2010 @ 3:07 pm In Uncategorized | Comments Disabled

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:

  • 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 [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.

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[1] report: http://www.familiesusa.org/resources/newsroom/press-releases/2010-press-releases/pre-existing-nc.html

[2] Image: http://pulse.ncpolicywatch.org/wp-content/uploads/2010/05/denied.jpg

[3] signed by: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/03/24/health/policy/24health.html

[4] Families USA: http://www.familiesusa.org/

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