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Rape Could Become a 'Pre-Existing Condition' Again Under Trumpcare

Before the ACA, insurance companies could refuse to pay for crucial medical services for rape survivors because sexual assault was considered a pre-existing condition. The GOP's new healthcare plan could reinstate that cruel reality.

by Kimberly Lawson
May 5 2017, 8:00pm

In 2008, Kimberly Fallon was raped. During her medical exam, the 38-year-old New York woman told her nurse about being assaulted 17 years earlier in college. Months later, she told the Huffington Post, she received a bill from her doctor's office for the treatment. Apparently, her insurer, Blue Cross Blue Shield, had declined payment for the rape exam because she "had been raped before."

In recent years, survivors of sexual assault haven't had to endure the kind of heartlessness Fallon faced when she was forced to pay out of pocket for care associated with being attacked. Denying a person health care coverage because of their medical history—also known as having pre-existing conditions—was banned under the Affordable Care Act. But today, House Republicans are planning to vote on a new health care bill that would repeal the ACA, and, thanks to the inclusion of a new amendment, in effect roll those protections back.

In short, rape could once again become a pre-existing condition that insurance companies could deny coverage for.

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