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No kid should know the word 'pre-existing condition.' As a result of the Affordable Care Act (aka "Health Reform" and "Obamacare"), five million children with pre-existing conditions will get--and keep--the health coverage they need.

Michelle from Texas shared her story:

My 8 year old son is a leukemia survivor.  He was diagnosed with leukemia when he was 3 years old.  He underwent 3 years of chemotherapy and has been off treatment since June, 2010.  My husband was laid off from his job about 2 years ago, so we went on COBRA for medical insurance.  My husband is now self-employed.  Prior to the Affordable Care Act, no insurance company would sell us health insurance on the individual market for our son until he was off treatment for 5 years.  He was 'uninsurable' due to his pre-existing condition.  Now, because of the provision of the Affordable Care Act requiring insurance companies to cover children regardless of their pre-existing conditions, we were able to purchase health insurance for our son when our 18 months of COBRA ran out.  I am so grateful for the Affordable Care Act because my son has health insurance today because of it. --Michelle

Click here to learn more about how children (and soon adults) with pre-existing conditions will get more secure health coverage. strongly encourages our visitors to post comments in response to blog postings.  We value a diverse range of opinions and perspectives.  Our goal is for this space to be educational, thought-provoking, and respectful.  To this end, we reserve the right to edit or remove comments that include personal attacks, obcenity, vulgarity, or profanity.