Jimmy Kimmel’s Healthcare Scare: What You Should Know

As you may know, on May 1, 2017, Jimmy Kimmel spoke about the birth of his baby boy, Billy.

If you haven’t seen the clip, click here to watch.

Unfortunately, several hours after the birth of his baby, Jimmy and his wife Molly learned that Billy had a heart defect and needed surgery to save his life.

Jimmy thanked Cedars-Sinai Hospital and Children’s Hospital Los Angeles for providing Billy with amazing care. Because of the attentive staff and great care, his newborn son is home and doing well.

Jimmy’s message was extremely important and shows how far we have come in healthcare, and how far we have to go.

Friends, family, and readers have asked me some questions about what Jimmy had to say. Here’s my take:

Jimmy spoke about “pre-existing conditions.”

Question: What are pre-existing conditions and how do they affect healthcare coverage?

Answer: Pre-existing conditions are health problems that occur prior to the date new health coverage starts.

Jimmy is correct that prior to the passage of the Affordable Care Act (“ACA”), pre-existing conditions, such as birth defects, could prevent someone like baby Billy from getting coverage. They also enabled insurance companies to charge individuals more. The ACA now prevents health insurance companies from refusing coverage or charging more for pre-existing conditions.

Question: What is the National Institutes of Health (“NIH”)?

Answer: NIH is part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and is the nation’s medical research agency. Jimmy is correct that, despite initial plans to cut the budget for NIH, Congress increased its funding by $2 billion.

As a mother of two and a parent of a daughter born with a serious disease, I was touched by Jimmy’s message. It’s important to stay in the know about healthcare and healthcare policies, in case you or a loved one is impacted.

Congratulations to Jimmy Kimmel and his family on their baby boy!

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Welcome to MyHealthSpin: Your Source for Healthcare Answers

Welcome! I’m so glad you have joined us.

Lori-Ann and her father

Lori-Ann and her father

My name is Lori-Ann Rickard. I’m a healthcare lawyer who has worked in and around healthcare providers for the past 28 years. I’m also a single mother of two girls, a daughter who cared for her aging parents, and a sister who has helped her six siblings and her extended family and friends with the many healthcare issues that can arise for families, large and small.

Over the years, I’ve learned truly valuable information about how to best handle your and your family’s healthcare issues. Because I work with a lot of doctors, nurses, ambulance owners, and hospital executives, my family has relied on me to give them the TRUTH about how to get the best healthcare, the real HONEST details that aren’t so obvious to people outside of the healthcare industry. Throughout my career, I’ve always wanted to create a place for real people to get real answers about those vital healthcare questions that come up while you are caring for yourself and your family.

That’s why I created MyHealthSpin.

Through this website and my series of “Easy Healthcare” ebook guides to important health issues, MyHealthSpin will provide you with the straightforward answers you need to navigate the complex world of healthcare.

My “Easy Healthcare” guides will provide you with honest information and real resources for figuring out what to do when you are sick, how to pick an assisted living facility for your loved one, what to do when you go into the hospital, and how to cope with many other healthcare subjects that are often difficult to manage and understand.

I hope you find this information helpful. With MyHealthSpin, I will strive to provide you with the information you need to resolve the difficult healthcare problems that everyone faces from time to time.

Wishing you and your loved ones all the best care,