4 month old baby denied insurance coverage for being obese

  1. 5 http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,564501,00.html

    just a quick recap for those that dont want to read the article... a 4 month old weighs in at 17#'s and his parents insurance company denies him coverage because of him being obese!! He was almost 9#'s when he was born and now he is considered obese. wow, I think this is ridiculous... just wanted to share and see what everyone else thought. I do think its terrible when children are obese and I normally blame the parents BUT... a 4 month old who is breastfed???? I mean seriously...

    What do yall think??
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  3. Visit  lovepink profile page

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    Joined Jun '09; Posts: 51; Likes: 51.

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  4. Visit  chocokat79 profile page
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    That's unfair. So what do they wanna do, put the baby on diet?
    herring_RN, sharpeimom, lindarn, and 1 other like this.
  5. Visit  TheCommuter profile page
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    This spells out a sad, sad commentary about insurance companies in America. "Sad" is really not a strong enough word to describe the people who deny health coverage based on silly, trumped up reasons.

    Perhaps the American public needs to weigh these bean-counters at the insurance companies and deny them their paychecks if we don't like the result...

    I'll say it again: we are currently caught in a sad state of affairs when an insurance company will mess over an innocent being.
    Last edit by TheCommuter on Oct 12, '09 : Reason: added a sentence
  6. Visit  PostOpPrincess profile page
    5
    I have a feeling after all of this media attention this baby is going to get insurance.

    Or go on Weight Watchers...wonder how he would exercise...bet he's not really good at following directions OR running/walking.

    Poor thing only 4 months old and the whole world is against him =(
    herring_RN, Blove86, sharpeimom, and 2 others like this.
  7. Visit  Batman24 profile page
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    Ignorance at it's finest. He's 4 month old for crying old loud. He was 9 pounds at birth. What do they expect? 99th percentile in height and 50th percentile in weight? How stupid. Give me a break.
    herring_RN, sharpeimom, chocokat79, and 2 others like this.
  8. Visit  TheCommuter profile page
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    Quote from Batman24
    What do they expect?
    These knuckleheads at the insurance company are expecting to save some cash and increase their profit margins by refusing to provide coverage for an infant.

    The love of money is the root of all evil.
    herring_RN likes this.
  9. Visit  mamamerlee profile page
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    The insurance co has already backed down, stating it was a clerical error. The media pressure was probably helpful in expediting this change.
    herring_RN, sharpeimom, and chocokat79 like this.
  10. Visit  azhiker96 profile page
    3
    This is another example of why insurance companies are loved just slightly less than cancer.
    herring_RN, sharpeimom, and chocokat79 like this.
  11. Visit  nerdtonurse? profile page
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    God help the kid if he does come down with DM or have asthma -- it'll all be a "preexisting condition" and they won't pay a dime.

    Shakespeare said, "First, kill all the lawyers." But that was only because they didn't have insurance companies back then....
    herring_RN, mediajunkie650, Elvish, and 2 others like this.
  12. Visit  dscrn profile page
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    Quote from nerdtonurse?
    God help the kid if he does come down with DM or have asthma -- it'll all be a "preexisting condition" and they won't pay a dime.

    Shakespeare said, "First, kill all the lawyers." But that was only because they didn't have insurance companies back then....
    or HTN, or heart disease, or arthritis...!
  13. Visit  petgroomer profile page
    2
    Well, this reminds me of a scene in the movie Bruno: when the parents were willing to have their babies undergo diet or surgery to lose weight and being casted for a "commercial". The sole idea of putting a baby on a diet was outrageous, albeit funny.
    Now this insurance company is giving "outrageous" a whole new dimension. It seems that greediness (and stupidity) have no limit, and obviously this is not the CEO's child.
    herring_RN and sharpeimom like this.
  14. Visit  ballerinagirl profile page
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    that insurance thing -- what a bunch of dimwits.
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  15. Visit  sharpeimom profile page
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    i'm glad they backed down and agreed to provide coverage. just curious though?? i weighed 3# at birth while my husband weighed more than 4x as much (his mom was diabetic.) would we each have been denied on the basis of our birth weights? ... and because i was a preemie and his mom had gestional diabetes?

    kathy
    sharpeimom
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