Today, far too many people under the age of 65 with serious medical conditions have inadequate or no access to health insurance.
Jason Ross, Project Manager at Siren Interactive, contributes this post:
Many Americans — especially those with rare disorders — are denied coverage by many health insurance companies. According to a recent national survey, an estimated 12.6 million non-elderly adults were discriminated against because of a pre-existing condition in the previous 3 years. In fact, 36% of those who tried to purchase coverage in the individual insurance market were turned down, charged a higher price, or excluded because of a pre-existing condition. So, what does this mean? This means that adequate health insurance is unavailable to millions of Americans, especially to those who need it the most.
In the following letter to Congress, the National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD) advocates for health insurance reform to ensure that all Americans, regardless of any pre-existing conditions, have access to affordable, meaningful coverage: