Here are some excerpts from a statement by the US National Down Syndrome Congress on Health Care Insurance Reform. They really speak for themselves:
“People with Down syndrome have been and continue to be discriminated against with regard to access to health insurance, solely on the basis of the diagnosis of Down syndrome and without consideration of their individual health status or health histories.”
“For those people with Down syndrome who do have congenital or other health conditions requiring medical intervention, insurance companies have denied them access because of their preexisting conditions.”
“The whole issue of access to health insurance places an extraordinary burden on families and persons with Down syndrome and other disabilities. Families and adults with Down syndrome are forced to consider issues of obtaining or maintaining health insurance coverage above career and other significant life decisions. Even when they are able to access health insurance coverage, the financial cost can be exorbitant.”
This is not a new campaign for the NDSC. The position paper that these excerpts were taken from was published in 1995.