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How Many People Have Pre-Existing Conditions?

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A recent study from Families USA found that up to 57 million people in the United States suffer from pre-existing conditions. These issues have prevented them from buying individual health insurance on the open market.

Proponents of health insurance reform will take this statistic as proof of why comprehensive action was necessary. In 2014, health insurers will no longer be allowed to refuse any consumer, regardless of health status. In addition, the premiums charged can’t be significantly higher.

The figure excludes the elderly, whom are already covered by Medicare.

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