122 Million Americans With Pre-Existing Conditions Spend $4,844 More Per Year For Health Care

Between 36 million and 122 million adults “reported medical conditions that could result in a health insurer restricting coverage,” a new report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO) finds, representing 20 to 66 percent of the adult population. Hypertension was the most commonly reported medical condition among adults “that could result in a health insurer denying coverage, requiring higher-than average premiums, or restricting coverage.” Insurers also denied coverage for:

Adults with pre-existing conditions spend $1,504 to $4,844 more per year annually on health care, and most — 88 to 89 percent — live in areas of the country “without insurance protections similar to the Affordable Care Act provisions, which will become effective in 2014.”