An Open Letter to the Supreme Court About Health Insurance by Jen Sorensen for Kaiser Health News. Click through for full story (4 pages).
Okay guys, I’m gonna get real here because this is an issue I feel strongly about—as a self-employed woman in the US, health insurance is a real pain in the ass. You can skip over my story, but you should read this comic!
Before being covered on my mom’s insurance, I had to buy my own individual insurance and it was just as expensive and unhelpful as Jen shows. Recently I had to apply again for individual health insurance—I turned 26 in april—and after filling out a tortuous
application I was denied insurance because of mild pre-existing conditions which the insurance company termed “medically uninsurable” (exercise asthma? allergies? occasional knee pain that was fixed with shoe-inserts?)
There is a federal ‘high risk’ insurance option open to me, but of course it’s more expensive and I have to go without insurance for 6 months to qualify.
I found this comic to be extremely accurate and well-written, and definitely worth a quick read. It’s an issue that affects most artists who are self-employed in the US. Luckily, starting in 2014, insurance companies won’t be able to turn people down for pre-existing conditions….provided
the 2010 health care reforms continue to be upheld…Gulp.