Get ready to put your babies on a diet. That is, if you want them to have health coverage.
After the birth of Alex, the Lange family sought a new insurance provider in Rocky Mountain Health Plans. The insurer then turned around and told the family their baby was “too fat” for coverage.
Alex’s parents, Bernie and Kelli, were understandably shocked.
“I could understand if we could control what he’s eating. But he’s 4 months old. We can’t put him on the Atkins diet or on a treadmill,” Bernie joked. “There is just something absurd about denying an infant.”
Even if the Langes wanted to put Alex on a diet, which is absurd, Alex gets all his nutrition through breast milk. Does Slim Fast make a breast milk flavor?
Alex’s denial falls in line with insurance companies’ common practice of underwriting, denying claims based on pre-existing conditions. Huskiness, apparently, is Alex’s pre-existing condition.
Personally, I’ve never met a baby who wasn’t chunky. That’s why they call it “baby fat”. Looking at this picture, Alex looks extremely average, but apparently his “obesity” doesn’t sit well with the insurance company’s bottom line.
Oddly, the community of Grand Junction, Colorado, where the Lange’s live, was recently mentioned for its exemplary heath care in a New Yorker article.
Why do companies still pull stupid maneuvers when every idiot trick they try to pull goes viral by the next morning? Maybe you were trying to save a buck, Rocky Mountain Health Plans, but money can’t buy this kind of bad press.
Update: Rocky Mountain Health Plans put out a press release today stating they would insure all health babies, regardless of weight.
Source: The Denver Post