Major health insurance companies in California and other states have decided to stop selling policies for children rather than comply with a new federal healthcare law that bars them from rejecting youngsters with preexisting medical conditions..... An estimated 80,000 California children currently without insurance — and as many as 500,000 nationwide — would be affected, according to experts.
Insurers said they were acting because the new federal requirement could create huge and unexpected costs for covering children. They said the rule might prompt parents to buy policies only after their kids became sick, producing a glut of ill youngsters to insure. As a result, they said, many companies would flee the marketplace, leaving behind a handful to shoulder a huge financial burden....
The explanations left healthcare advocates fuming. They accused insurers of trying to skirt the law's new requirement to cover children with health problems.
"Insurers need to decide if they are in the business of providing care or denying coverage," said Anthony Wright, executive director of Health Access California, a consumer group.
2. THe Florida court has ruled bans on gays adopting is unconstitutional.
3. Of course, you heard that the Defense Bill was successfully filibustered. It contained, not a repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell, but allowed a repeal to be considered after a Pentagon study. Nearly 80% of Americans think gays should serve openly, but the Christianists gay-haters got their way and the persecutions will continue. Meanwhile, in Georgia, a staffer of Sen Saxby Chambliss apparently posted a comment on the gay blog Joe.My.God, announcing that "faggots must die". Why am I not surprised.
DADT is still in the courts: r emember that it was found unconsitutional by a federal judge in CA (the Obama administration has not yet appealed), and another case has gone to the judge. A telling fact is that as long as a GLBT person is "in theater" they don't prosecute. No, they wait for them to come home, first. This proves it is not about "unit cohesion". The NY Times takes it on here:
History will hold to account every member of Congress who refused to end this blatant injustice.
Update relevant to JimB's comment, from the NY Times
The insurers were willing to cover the Thompsons and their older daughter, but not Emily, who was later discovered to have mild autism as well, or her 13-year-old brother, who had a diagnosis of attention deficit disorder.And that's why, denying child only policies is a problem.
Starting Thursday, the insurers will not be able to do that, as the new health care law prohibits them from denying coverage to children under 19 because of pre-existing health conditions. In 2014, the change will extend to people of all ages.