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Kansas Rep. Sharice Davids Wants To Change 'The Birthday Rule'

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Carlos Moreno
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KCUR 89.3
KS Rep. Sharice Davids new congressional bill fights against "The Birthday Rule."

A bizarre insurance loophole put one Olathe couple $270,000 in debt after their newborn's NICU stay.

This loophole gives insurers the power to decide which parent's health care policy will cover the new baby. The deciding factor? Whichever parent's birthday comes first in the calendar year.

Kansas Rep. Sharice Davids' new bill seeks to change the little-known law nicknamed "The Birthday Rule" and ensure this doesn't happen again.

  • Rep. Sharice Davids, Kansas Representative (D-KS-03)
  • Mikell Kjelshus, member of local family affected by "Birthday Rule"
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