Yes, little Baby Alex was turned down for health insurance due to his size. It seems his height and weight put him in the 99th percentile, according guidelines established by the CDC.
Alex’s mother, Kelli Lange, says it’s completely ridiculous.
“It’s frustrating, it’s very frustrating.”
Rocky Mountain Health Plans says that each baby is evaluated for insurance under the same guidelines.
“In children it’s based on a combination of height and weight.”
Alex Lange’s father, Bernie Lange, is a part-time news anchor at KKCO-TV in Grand Junction, Colorado.
“I could understand if we could control what he’s eating. But he’s 4 months old. He’s breast-feeding. We can’t put him on the Atkins diet or on a treadmill. There is just something absurd about denying an infant.”
Mr. & Mrs. Lange decided to get a quote from Rocky Mountain Health Plans after their current provider increased their premiums by 40 percent after Alex’s birth. They completed the paperwork and waited for an approval.
They were shocked when the broker who was helping them find new insurance called on Thursday with this news.
“‘Your baby is too fat,’ she told me,” Bernie said.
Bernie, Kelli, and Alex Lange will all appear on MSNBC’s Ed Show on Monday evening.
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