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10-Day-Old Baby Denied Health Care Coverage

By Melissa Newton

FORT WORTH (CBS 11 / TXA 21) ― Houston Tracy is just 10 days old, but the little boy has already lived through trying times.

"He was born with what's called transposition of the great arteries." his father, Doug Tracy said. "It's heart wrenching; I hated it."

The congenital heart defect causes the two major vessels that carry blood away from the heart to become switched.

It's a condition rarely detected before birth.
"My whole pregnancy was simple, it was easy, no complications, doctor visits were great," Houston's mother, Kim Tracy said, "perfect sonograms, great
little pictures and then, he wasn't perfect."

The baby was rushed to Cook Children's Medical Center in Fort Worth where he had life-saving surgery.
"He's doing really good," his mother said with a smile, "he's a little tough guy."

While baby Houston is fighting for recovery, his parents found themselves in another battle: Fighting the insurance company, Blue Cross and Blue Shield
of Texas.

The Tracy's are both small business owners and do not carry health insurance for themselves. They do carry insurance on their two other children and
tried to get insurance for Houston, but they found out Wednesday his coverage was denied.

"They kept saying it's preexisting, it's preexisting, but I don't know how it can be preexisting on a baby that was just born." his father said. "If it's mandated
that everyone have health insurance, than how can one be denied?"

Blue Cross and Blue Shield can't comment on the family's situation, but did comment about the health care reform law, and how it may affect coverage.
"We will work closely with our customers to keep them informed of any changes that may result from the new law," said Margaret Jarvis, the company's
Senior Manager of Media Relations. "We will continue to review the bill's requirements on our business and their respective time frames to ensure full

While the Tracy's said they'll do whatever it takes for their baby, they have no idea at what cost.
A "Houston Samuel Tracy" fund is set up at Bank of America to help the family cover medical costs.

Added: Mar-25-2010 Occurred On: Mar-24-2010
By: True_Madness
Tags: Health Care, Denied
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