365 Days of Kidneys, Day 97 & 98
A reader of my blog, Abby, has sent me an unbelievable story.
A kidney donor has been denied insurance because he only has one kidney.
You can read the story in the New York Times, here.
Officials with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota refused to discuss Mr. Royer’s case because of privacy laws, but said in a statement that Minnesota residents who are rejected by private insurers can buy coverage through the Minnesota Comprehensive Health Association high-risk pool, which is what Mr. Royer said he did, though he is paying more for less comprehensive insurance.
How nice of BCBS of Minnesota to point that out.
In Mr. Royer’s case, tests found a high creatinine level in his blood, which was interpreted to mean that Mr. Royer had kidney damage. Dr. Connaire told the Blue Cross panel that heard Mr. Royer’s second appeal that creatinine levels are high in most, if not all, kidney donors.
There are donors in the article that didn’t receive health insurance from her employer after telling them she was donating a kidney and one who reconsidered her donation and decided not to after her insurance company gave her doubts that her future claims would be paid.
Of all the things for me to worry about by having chronically ill children with a life-threatening condition, this is at the top of the list. There are already enough challenges facing them but especially to have insurance carriers fighting agains them just seems insurmountable.
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