A report released Thursday by the health reform advocacy group Families USA shows nearly 110,000 Wyomingites under the age of 65 have a diagnosed pre-existing condition.
Nurse practitioner Elizabeth Kostas-Polston (KOS-tuss POLES-tun) says the numbers are not surprising, based on the patients in her rural practice. She has discovered pre-existing conditions don't just impact those who are older; rather, they also affect adults who are working and raising families, all of whom will benefit from the federal health reform law.
Kostas-Polston says that when someone is having problems related to a pre-existing health condition, all areas of their life can suffer.
Diabetes and cancer are also classified as pre-existing conditions. The health problems aren't limited to those likely not to have any insurance coverage through work. The report says nearly three-quarters of those with the kinds of medical conditions that could lead to denial of insurance coverage are middle-class and higher-income Americans.