Columns/Opinion, Letters to the Editor

Protect insurance for pre-existing conditions

Whitney Wheeler, Morgantown
Over the last several weeks, it has come to my attention that a lawsuit being led by West Virginia’s Attorney General, Patrick Morrisey, risks the health care access for 800,000 West Virginians who have pre-existing conditions. My son is one of these 800,000 people.

In August 2016, my then 15-year-old child suffered a stroke as the result of a brain AVM (arteriovenous malformation). He had to have emergency brain surgery, which left him in a medically induced coma for months.

When he woke up, he was unable to walk or talk. He had to have continuous medical care including expensive MRIs and angiograms. This doesn’t include his therapies.

If we did not have insurance coverage, I do not know what we would do. I cannot afford all these medical bills without the help of insurance.

Due to his medical needs, I know if his pre-existing condition is not protected he will eventually lose benefits. I beg our state officials to stand up for my child and all those who deserve a right to ongoing medical care.