Cline votes with insurers who deny treatment for birth defects

On April 4 the House of Representatives approved the Ensuring Lasting Smiles Act.

According to the American Dental Association:

The legislation requires that all private group and individual health plans to cover medically necessary services resulting from a congenital anomaly or birth defect.

…[T]he ADA noted that one out of every 33 children in the U.S. is born with a congenital anomaly — including severe oral and facial defects — that can interfere with the ability to breathe, speak and/or eat in a normal manner.

“For many children, specialized surgery is needed, and the procedures are reconstructive, since they are performed to correct abnormal structures,” the [ADA] said. “However, despite the reconstructive nature and necessity of such procedures, many insurance companies consider these services to be merely cosmetic. While they may provide coverage for the preliminary surgeries, insurers will delay or deny follow-up or corrective procedures, including necessary dental treatment, which can have a negative impact on a child’s developmental milestones.”

The Association hopes that the Ensuring Lasting Smiles Act will make sure that “all children have coverage for treatment of these anomalies,” the [ADA] concluded.

Did Congressman Cline side with the insurance companies or the children?

Do you need to ask?

Cline and 109 other House Republicans voted NO.

3 thoughts on “Cline votes with insurers who deny treatment for birth defects

  1. Can we guess how many immediate corrective and followup surgeries these Republicans might want to have covered if it were THEIR child born with a cleft palate or missing tooth buds? Can we find out if their generous Congressional insurance policies in fact cover such?


  2. Cline is not difficult to figure out. ANY legislation–no matter how worthy, helpful, or humane–that might force businesses to be responsible moral agents or even honor their own promises will be opposed by him. He really needn’t be bothered to read a proposed bill in its entirety. It is a simple, easy-for-him-to-follow ideology for a person who, in my considered opinion, has the intellectual fire-power of a fruit roll-up, bless his heart.

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