#WellnessWeds: 5 million children have health care coverage now.
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.