Diagnosed with liver disease at 19, planning for my health coverage
When I was 19 years old, I was diagnosed with liver disease. It was caused by a birth defect. After having major surgery, I have been fine but need regular monitoring by liver specialists to maintain my health.
I am 23 years old now and am lucky enough to be covered by my parents' insurance for a while longer.
Since I have a preexisting condition, it is likely that I could be turned down for insurance when I need to seek coverage for myself. Who would want to cover a 26-year-old with cirrhosis?
I need health reform to move forward. Liver disease never disappears, and health insurance is of the utmost importance to me.