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Date Joined Oct 2009
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   Posted 10/15/2010 2:28 PM (GMT -6)   
So I officially start at my new job next Monday. They have open enrollment coming up in November and I'm thinking about switching.
When I switch though, will my ostomy be considered preexisting?

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Date Joined Feb 2006
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   Posted 10/15/2010 3:51 PM (GMT -6)   
It sounds as if your new insurance is part of a group insurance plan. For group insurance you don't need to supply any health information and pre-existing conditions don't apply.


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   Posted 10/15/2010 4:36 PM (GMT -6)   
I just got new insurance with my new job and it was not an issue. They didn't even ask.
Stephanie, 28 years old
Diagnosed with Crohn's Colitis March 2000
Possible diagnosis of IBS-D
Total Proctocolectomy and Permanent Ileostomy 3/18/10! :)
Blockage/Ileo revision 6/8/10 :/
Tried: Asacol, Remicade, 6mp, Humira, Xifaxan, Apriso, Imuran, Rowasa Enemas, Colocort Enemas, Psyllium Seed Powder... Tried Probiotics: Align (with no change except bloating) and VSL #3 DS (AWFUL diarrhea).
Currently taking: Prenatal Vitamin, Vitamin B 12 Complex, Biotin, Vitamin D, Calcium, Flomax (for urinary retention). 

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Date Joined Mar 2008
Total Posts : 3115
   Posted 10/15/2010 6:20 PM (GMT -6)   
Even with employer group insurance it is important, especially when we have pre-existing conditions, that your coverage doesn't lapse. When one insurance ends you should get a 'cancellation certificate' (or similar name) that will show the begin/end date...those forms should be kept to show you've always had coverage!
Crohn’s dx 1989
some terrible years before my
temporary ileo in 2001
Proctocolectomy w/end ileo in 2008
...wish I knew then what I know NOW!
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