Here’s our look at the Trump administration and the rest of Washington: – Los Angeles Times

The Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, prohibits insurers from turning away consumers with preexisting medical conditions, a practice that was once standard in the industry.

Among the conditions that once commonly made insurers deny coverage, according to a list assembled by the nonprofit Kaiser Family Foundation, were: 

  • Lupus
  • Alcohol abuse/drug abuse with recent treatment
  • Mental disorders
  • Alzheimer’s/dementia
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Rheumatoid arthritis, fibromyalgia and other inflammatory joint disease
  • Muscular dystrophy
  • Cancer within some period of time (e.g. 10 years)
  • Severe obesity 
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Organ transplant
  • Congestive heart failure
  • Paraplegia
  • Coronary artery/heart disease, bypass surgery
  • Paralysis
  • Crohn’s disease/ulcerative colitis
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease/emphysema
  • Pending surgery or hospitalization
  • Diabetes mellitus
  • Pneumocystic pneumonia
  • Epilepsy
  • Pregnancy or expectant parent
  • Hemophilia
  • Sleep apnea
  • Hepatitis C
  • Stroke
  • Kidney disease, renal failure
  • Transsexualism

(To see Kaiser Family Foundation‘s full report, click here).


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