Tuesday, September 15, 2009


The market at work ...

You can be denied insurance coverage if you've ever been a victim of domestic violence. Why? Because it's considered a "pre-existing condition." If you were beaten once you're more likely to be beaten again. Spousal abuse costs money to treat. Check this out.

In eight states as well as the District of Columbia, it is legal for insurance companies to reject individual health coverage for people because they are survivors of domestic violence. Among those states three are in the South (Mississippi, North Carolina and South Carolina). The others are Idaho, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota and Wyoming, as well as the District of Columbia.

I guess the message here is if you plan on beating your spouse, and want to leave them with a pile of bills, move to one of those states.

Here's a list of the U.S. Senators who voted to allow insurance companies to deny you coverage if you were ever beaten by your spouse.

* Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.)
* Richard Burr (R-N.C.)
* John Ensign (R-Nev.)
* Mike Enzi (R-Wy.)
* Bill Frist (R-Tenn.)
* Judd Gregg (R-N.H.)
* Orrin Hatch (R-Utah)
* Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.)
* Pat Roberts (R-Kan.)
* Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.)

- Mark

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