On Sunday, March 21, the U.S. House of Representatives is expected to vote on health care legislation. Over the past year, the legislation has endured many amendments, cuts and edits. But one piece of the legislation critical to people with dwarfism has remained intact. If the current bill passes the House tomorrow and is eventually signed by President Obama, it will no longer be legal for insurance carriers to deny a person health care coverage based upon a pre-existing condition. Dwarfism is considered a pre-existing condition.
In the past few years, I have heard many stories of individuals with dwarfism who are denied coverage because of their short stature. In one instance, a colleague of mine lost a brother who had a very treatable condition but who could not find coverage.
I am no health care expert, and have been having trouble following all the politics and economics behind the health care debate. But I do know that the current bill has strong support from national disability rights organizations. And because the legislation will make it illegal to deny coverage because of dwarfism, I think the bill deserves the support of people of short stature.
Prior to tomorrow's vote, please contact your Federal Representative and ask him or her to support the bill.