GOP Health Bill Leaves Many ‘Pre-Existing Condition’ Protections Up To States

Two-year-old Ryan Lennon Fines was born with a condition called esophageal atresia that requires expensive medical treatment. His family worries the new GOP health bill would make it harder for Ryan to get insurance in the future because of his pre-existing medical condition.

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Two-year-old Ryan Lennon Fines was born with a condition called esophageal atresia that requires expensive medical treatment. His family worries the new GOP health bill would make it harder for Ryan to get insurance in the future because of his pre-existing medical condition.

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Ryan Lennon Fines seems like a typical 2-year-old. He and his parents, Scott Fines and Brianna Lennon, flip through a picture book of emergency vehicles. Ryan is looking for the motorcycle, but a photo of an airplane catches his dad’s eye.

“That’s an air ambulance,” Fines tells him. “You’ve been on one of those.”

When Ryan was born in 2014, his mouth wasn’t connected to his stomach. It’s a condition known as esophageal atresia. After

Article source: http://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2017/05/08/527415655/gop-health-bill-leaves-many-pre-existing-condition-protections-up-to-states?utm_medium=RSS&utm_campaign=affordablecareact

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