Saturday, August 22, 2009
15 % of people looking for insurance online were deemed "uninsurable"
15 % of people looking for insurance online were deemed "uninsurable" for standard coverage by most insurance carriers. -->data analyzed from 446,500 online insurance shoppers who either requested a quote or to be contacted by an insurance broker this summer. The people deemed uninsurable either had a pre-existing medical condition or provided height and weight information that produced a body mass index of 39 or higher, indicating serious obesity. The findings don't necessarily mean the uninsurable will never get health insurance, but if they do, it would be extremely expensive and probably wouldn't cover the pre-existing condition. (WSJ, 10/9/08).