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More Than $9,200 for Diabetes Care

Allowing insurance companies to exclude preexisting conditions from health insurance coverage could cost consumers with illnesses like asthma, arthritis, cancer, diabetes, and high blood pressure thousands of dollars in increased out-of-pocket costs, according to a Commonwealth Fund report by Sherry Glied and Adlan Jackson of New York University.

In a related post, the Commonwealth Fund's Sara Collins explains that some Republican proposals, such as the Ensuring Coverage for Patients with Pre-Existing Conditions Act, would erode ACA protections. Even thought the bill would prevent insurers from refusing to sell a plan to people with preexisting conditions or charging higher premium, it would allow them to entirely exclude coverage for care pertaining to the preexisting conditions themselves.

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