Are You a Pre-Existing Condition?

Terrance Heath

I’ve referenced this story in a previous post, about a woman who was denied health insurance because (a) she was raped, (b) sought prophylactic HIV/AIDS treatment because it was unknown if her rapist wore a condom, and (c) sought therapy for the psychological problems resulting from being raped (in her case agoraphobia, which made her afraid to leave her home. Because of all the above, she became uninsurable.

The story itself is a jaw-dropper, especially when you consider that she’s an insurance agent. She knows something about the health insurance business, and she couldn’t find anyone who would sell her a policy. This interview with Anderson Cooper puts a face on the story

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