Preexisting condition before January 1, 2014 would not allow Mike O’Dell’s heart transplant to be covered under private insurance. After January 1, 2014 he was covered under ObamaCare. The expense of the transplant and necessary (very expensive) anti rejection medications were/are now covered.
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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — An Olathe man says the health care law saved his life. Once Mike O’Dell was able to get health insurance on January 1, he was able to go on the transplant waiting list, and he now has a new heart.
On Thursday, O’Dell hugged his three children as he saw them for the first time since receiving the new heart last week at Saint Luke’s Hospital.
Back in December, O’Dell, age 41, didn’t think it could happen.
“I thought I’d deteriorate and eventually I’d pass away. It’s just been — it’s been tough,” said O’Dell.
He couldn’t afford a transplant. He qualified for Kansas Medicaid coverage for those with high medical expenses, but he couldn’t meet the spenddown requirements to have continuous coverage.
“While we could have done the transplant even without charging him, the medication he would never be able to afford,”…
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