Under The GOP’s Health Plan, Sexual Assault Would Be Considered A Preexisting Condition

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After failing to bring their Affordable Care Act replacement to a vote in March, GOP legislators have come armed with a new health care plan that may be even more heartless than their last.

According to Raw Story, the bill’s recently added MacArthur Meadows Amendment would ditch the ACA’s protections for preexisting conditions — sexual assault being one of them.

Under the amendment, states would have the all-clear to waive the ban preventing insurance companies from denying coverage to patients based on preexisting conditions. That means companies can also deny preventive health care services, like mammograms and gynecological exams, to these patients, which many sexual assault survivors in particular rely on following an attack.

In 2010, before the ACA became law, the Huffington Post reported the story of Christina Turner, a 45-year-old woman who was turned away by her insurance company because she’d been raped.

After she was drugged and sexually assaulted, Turner was prescribed a month’s worth of prophylactic medication to prevent HIV infection, just in case. Though it turned out Turner hadn’t been infected with the virus, when a prospective insurer saw the prescription on her health record, the company said it wouldn’t cover her until — “in three or more years” — she proved she was still AIDS-free.

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