Blue Cross sent me my new Obamacare card and “Outline of Coverage” on Saturday, more than a month after I finally got signed up and 18 days after the new policy period started. I’m glad I didn’t get sick.
The accompanying letter advised, “Please carefully review the enclosed outline of coverage…”
I did. After the shock of seeing my deductible, I went online to view the more detailed explanation. That’s where I found this:
Women have unique health care needs that change over the course of their lifetime. The Affordable Care Act has expanded women’s preventive services to be covered with no member cost share for plans with ACA-defined preventive benefits beginning August 1, 2012 and upon renewal.
I understand why ACA would mandate free Rh(D) Incompatibility and other Screenings for Pregnant Females.
I understand why ACA would mandate free Cervical Cancer Screening for females only just as I understand why ACA would mandate free Prostate Cancer Screening for males only.
I simply do not understand why ACA would limit breast cancer screening, chlamydia screening, glucose screening, Hepatitis B virus infection screening, HPV DNA testing, to females only.
It’s not as if the government doesn’t know men develop breast cancer. NIH reports that, although breast cancer is much more common in women, men can get it too. It happens most often to men between the ages of 60 and 70. But there is no preventive male Breast Cancer Screening in the ACA list.
NIH reports that Chlamydial urethritis affects men. But there is no preventive male Chlamydia Screening in the ACA list.
An NIH report recommends the glucose challenge test screening for prediabetes and undiagnosed diabetes because diabetes prevention and care are limited by lack of screening. But there is no preventive male Glucose Screening in the ACA list.
CDC reports that gay and bisexual men are at increased risk for Hepatitis A, B and C. But there is no preventive male Hepatitis B virus infection screening in the ACA list.
CDC reports that most men who get HPV (of any type) never develop any symptoms or health problems but they can still transmit it to their partners. But there is no preventive male HPV DNA testing in the ACA list.
“If you like your health insurance, you can keep your health insurance.”
I did like my health insurance. It did offer free breast cancer screening, chlamydia screening, glucose screening, Hepatitis B virus infection screening, and HPV testing. To everyone covered. It covered my cataract surgery with no waiting period for the cataracts to “mature.” And so on.
Now I have sticker shock: The new policies cover less and cost more.
Once upon a time, that wasn’t a joke.
Unpleasant surprises from Obamacare are no longer a surprise.
A PLEASANT surprise from Obamacare would be a pleasant surprise.
Let me know if you find one.
(We really REALLY need to trash this legislation and start over. Even more, we need to trash the frauds who have perpetrated it. Not just out of office. In JAIL. For fraud and larceny most grand.)
Didn’t you know they passed laws limiting their liability to criminal prosecution for what they do to the country while in office?
I know a wonderful old fellow that HAS breast cancer and is in his final chemo treatments and he’s going to make it. He was fortunate enough to have insurance that saved his life. This fellow was a productive Taxpayer all his life, but o-BUM-a care would apparently have forced him to die.
Actually, no. Nobamacare would cover the treatment at whatever cost to the patient is stated in his insurance policy. He simply would have had to pay for the tests, something a woman would not.
Since he’s an older fellow, perhaps he is on Medicare instead. Nearly 10% of Medicare fee-for-service dollars are spent on cancer. FFS payments for cancer totaled $23.7 billion in 2008, the most recent year for which I have data. About 1/3 of Medicare Part B drug expenditures go for
drugs that treat either cancer or the side effects of chemotherapy.