U.S. Health Care Wrestles With The ‘Pre-Existing Condition’

Carl Goulden, of Littlestown Pa., developed hepatitis B 10 years ago. Soon his health insurance premiums soared beyond a price he and his wife could afford.

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Carl Goulden, of Littlestown Pa., developed hepatitis B 10 years ago. Soon his health insurance premiums soared beyond a price he and his wife could afford.

Elana Gordon/WHYY

For most of his life, Carl Goulden had near perfect health. He and his wife, Wanda, say that changed 10 years ago. Carl remembers feeling, “a lot of pain in the back, tired, fatigue, yellow eyes — a lot of jaundice.”

Wanda, chimes in: “Yellow eyes, gray-like skin.” His liver wasn’t working, she explains. “It wasn’t filtering.”

Carl was diagnosed with hepatitis B. Now 65 and on Medicare, he had a flower shop in Littlestown, Pa., back then, so had been buying health insurance for his family on the market for small businesses and the self-employed.

The medications to manage Carl’s hepatitis cost more than $10,000 a year — and if he ever needed a liver transplant, as some people

Article source: http://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2017/04/15/523577871/u-s-health-care-wrestles-with-the-pre-existing-condition?utm_medium=RSS&utm_campaign=affordablecareact

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