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Insurer decides to cover hefty baby

October 13, 2009|Times Wire Reports

A Colorado insurance company is changing its attitude about fat babies. Rocky Mountain Health Plans said it would no longer consider obesity a "preexisting condition" barring coverage for hefty infants.

The change comes after the insurer turned down a Grand Junction 4-month-old who weighs about 17 pounds. The insurer deemed Alex Lange -- whom his parents called a "happy little chunky monkey" -- obese and said the infant didn't qualify for coverage.

The infant's father works at a local NBC affiliate, and news accounts about the boy's rejection made national headlines.

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