Sen. Brown: 643,000 Ohio Children with Pre-Existing Conditions Can No Longer Be Denied Coverage Due to Health Law

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) released figures highlighting the number of children in Ohio with pre-existing conditions who, thanks to the health law, will be protected from discrimination based on their health.

“There are more than 643,000 Ohio children with pre-existing conditions whose families no longer have to fear that their insurance coverage could be terminated or denied altogether,” Brown said. “We must do everything we can to protect our children and ensure that they are healthy. We cannot go back to the days where a child with cancer, asthma, or diabetes could be discriminated against by insurance companies trying to maintain a higher profit margin.”

Because of the health law, since 2010 insurance companies have been prohibited from denying health coverage for the up to 17 million children—including up to 643,000 in Ohio—with pre-existing conditions such as cancer, asthma, or diabetes. Starting in 2014, insurance companies will also no longer be able to deny coverage for adults or charge anyone higher premiums based on health status or history.