Jimmy Kimmel Sheds Light on Health Coverage for Infants With Birth Defects

Jimmy Kimmel’s tearful description of his newborn son’s heart defect has galvanized parents across the country. A few shared his experience as a frantic new father; many more gave silent thanks that they had been spared this ordeal.

But the talk-show host’s monologue has also focused new attention on how infants with such birth defects were cared for before passage of the Affordable Care Act, and what may lie ahead for them should the legislation be repealed.

“No parent should ever have to decide if they can afford to save their child’s life,” Mr. Kimmel said. Some medical experts, too, are deeply worried that these young patients may not receive the intense care they need.

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