With the Healthcare bill being debated time and time again, I come to think that for a person, like me, who has a pre-existing medical condition, that at one point could not get heath insurance. With out health insurance, me and my my family are paying hundreds of dollars for doctor visits, blood work, and prescription medication.
My pre-existing medical condition is Juvenile Myoclonic Epilepsy. Basically, juvenile myoclonic epilepsy or JME for short, involves muscles jerking, which does include convulsions. It affects one out of every 14 people and can be caused by different factors, like light, which was involved in my case. There are tests, like an EEG and medication is a treatment, though it won't work for all people. For me, on a daily basis, I have to to take medication so I don't have another seizure. I was initially diagnosed with grand mal epilepsy at age 12, before being diagnosed with JME at age 14.
Having no health insurance, of my own, means paying doctors offices hundreds of dollars of check-ups and tests. It also means that I have to pay over $100 for blood work for appointments and $50 or more for medication, even with a medical discount card that I have. Luckily, I only have to go to the doctors once or twice a year, depending on what the doctor decides. So, only about $200 to $250 is all that I have to pay when I go for my follow up appointments. I am also lucky that I haven't had to take another EEG. Those cost nearly $1,000.
There are websites and fundraisers for those who have epilepsy. Many just don't know where to look, like the Epilepsy Foundation website. There, you can look at what they do and they describe what the different levels of epilepsy there are. They also tell you what progress is being made.
So, have a pre-existing medical condition should not stop me or anyone else from have the coverage they need or even denied the help. If anything the Health Care Act is a helpful thing to have. So, many people could benefit from this.
What is Juvenile Myoclonic Epilepsy? on WebMD.com