Newsfeed : Health Care Insurers Agree to Cover Children With Preexisting Conditions

POZ - Health, Life and HIV
Subscribe to:
POZ magazine
Join POZ: Facebook MySpace Twitter Pinterest
Tumblr Google+ Flickr MySpace
POZ Personals
Sign In / Join

Back to home » Newsfeed » April 2010

Most Popular Links
Most Popular Lessons

The HIV Life Cycle


Herpes Simplex Virus

Syphilis & Neurosyphilis

Treatments for Opportunistic Infections (OIs)

What is AIDS & HIV?

Hepatitis & HIV

20 Years Ago In POZ

More News

Click here for more news

Have news about HIV? Send press releases, news tips and other announcements to


April 1, 2010

Health Care Insurers Agree to Cover Children With Preexisting Conditions

Insurance companies say they will comply with rules laid out in the White House’s recently passed Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, which stipulates that children and teens younger than 19 may not be denied health insurance if they have a preexisting medical condition, The New York Times reports. Preexisting conditions can include cancer, diabetes and HIV/AIDS.

Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius has put pressure on companies to not deny coverage. Advocates and lawmakers feared that some insurers might exploit ambiguity in the language of the law to deny children coverage when the provision goes into effect in September. The law does not explicitly say that insurers must sell insurance to families with children younger than 19, but White House officials and Democratic congressional leaders have affirmed that was their intent.

“Health plans recognize the significant hardship that a family faces when they are unable to obtain coverage for a child with a preexisting condition,” said Karen M. Ignagni, president of America’s Health Insurance Plans, a trade group. She added, “We await and will fully comply with” the rules.

Sebelius said she was pleased that “insurance companies plan to do the right thing.”

Search: health insurance, Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, children, condition, Department of Health and Human Services

Scroll down to comment on this story.


(will display; 2-50 characters)


(will NOT display)


(will display; optional)

Comment (500 characters left):

(Note: The POZ team reviews all comments before they are posted. Please do not include either ":" or "@" in your comment. The opinions expressed by people providing comments are theirs alone. They do not necessarily reflect the opinions of Smart + Strong, which is not responsible for the accuracy of any of the information supplied by people providing comments.)

Comments require captcha.
Please enter this number for verification:

| Posting Rules

Show comments (0 total)

[Go to top]

Facebook Twitter Google+ MySpace YouTube Tumblr Flickr Instagram
Quick Links
Current Issue

HIV Testing
Safer Sex
Find a Date
Newly Diagnosed
HIV 101
Disclosing Your Status
Starting Treatment
Help Paying for Meds
Search for the Cure
POZ Stories
POZ Opinion
POZ Exclusives
Read the Blogs
Visit the Forums
Job Listings
Events Calendar
POZ on Twitter

Ask POZ Pharmacist

Talk to Us
Did you participate in an event for National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day 2016?


more surveys
Contact Us
We welcome your comments!
[ about Smart + Strong | about POZ | POZ advisory board | partner links | advertising policy | advertise/contact us | site map]
© 2016 Smart + Strong. All Rights Reserved. Terms of use and Your privacy.
Smart + Strong® is a registered trademark of CDM Publishing, LLC.