When my daughter Kayla was just 9 years old, she was in a motorcycle accident. While her insurance plan covered her medical expenses, she contracted chronic osteomaelitis, a chronic bone infection. Since contracting the disease, Kayla has had over 25 surgeries on her leg before it went into recession. Kayla is 22 years old and a full time nursing student at South Dakota State University, but she would have lost her coverage when she turned 23 last December because she was to high risk to afford insurance on her own.
When Kayla was diagnosed with brain cancer in January, her lack of health insurance would have been a death sentence. Fortunately, the Health Care bill extended the time she could stay on my coverage and she is now getting the treatment she needs.