11 News Anchor tells fat baby insurance story on The Today Show

By: KKCO Email
By: KKCO Email

11 News Live Today Anchor Bernie Lange and his family, with Big Baby Alex have managed to get their insurance company to change it's policy regarding coverage of heavy babies.

Bernie will be featured on The Today Show Tuesday morning to tell his story.

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  • by Kathy Location: Grand Junction on Oct 13, 2009 at 10:19 AM
    The reason why you wanted to have private coverage for Alex isn't the issue here. It is the fact that he was denied for such a ridiculous reason. I know Rocky Mountain Health Plans is one of the more reasonable insurance companies. Imagine if Alex had a health condition - what are the parents of babies who aren't healthy supposed to do?
  • by Jessica Location: Atlanta on Oct 13, 2009 at 10:02 AM
    Congrats to the Lange family on your healthy baby. My son weighed 9.3 lbs at birth and at his 4 month checkup he weighed 20.1 lbs! My pediatrician said he is healthy as can be. He was also above the 95% for height and weight. We are healthy parents. I am 5'9" 145 lbs and my husband is 6'2 215 lbs, both above average size for American adults. Our son London has been as healthy as any other baby who is smaller. He was walking by 10 months, which they said he wouldn't since he was so big and big babies take longer-he showed them!. Now at 22 months old, he is slim and happy-all his baby fat has melted away. He is taller than toddlers his age. Once Alex starts moving, he will slim down in no time. Don't stop doing what your doing. The insurance company has no idea what they are doing and how to gauge a babies health by there size. Its a baby for God's sake! Good luck to you and your family!
  • by So sad. on Oct 13, 2009 at 09:53 AM
    There are hundreds of people living in ditches here in GJ. They can't get insurance either. Where is the story about them? Oh yeah, they don't work for kkco.
  • by Janelle Location: Grand Jct on Oct 13, 2009 at 08:33 AM
    Bernie-congrats on a healthy baby! He is as healthy as any other baby born in the 50's my mom gave birth to two healthy 8 lbs babys and we are both semi healthy now in our 50's. Why now is the world so concerned. We all became more unhealthy with the additives the Goverment allowed to be used in our food and water supplies. Your baby is what most would call good stock & just think he could gorw up to be our next president maybe then the world will change!!!!! MAY GOD BLESS HIM AND YOUR FAMILY !
  • by Jo Location: Tulsa, OK on Oct 13, 2009 at 08:18 AM
    I first read your story on Foxnews and was COMPLETELY disgusted that an insurance company would do this to a perfectly healthy baby. Whoever is making this type of decision for the health insurance company needs to be FIRED immediately. Of course I'm sure this was probably an internal decision made by a panel who's sole job it is is to stop anyone that they consider a RISK from being insured. This is so disheartening and horrifying. Without the TV coverage they would most likely not have backed down. I'm glad you were in a position that could publicize this atrocity. If I were you I would change insurance companies as fast as I could. I hope that by exposing this this insurance company loses enough of their customers that it monetarily hurts this shameful insurance company. Keep up the good work and God bless you and your family.
  • by Mindy on Oct 13, 2009 at 06:48 AM
    Doesn't your news station offer health insurance coverage for their employees? Why was Bernie trying to get individual coverage for his baby? Certainly his wife had coverage to pay for the delivery, so why didn't they add the baby to her coverage?
  • by Mary Location: South Bend, IN on Oct 13, 2009 at 05:52 AM
    My now 13 yr old was born at 10lbs 9 oz. I don't recall his weight during his first year, except he weighted 26 pounds at 1 yr. He was always at the 100 percentile. He was always healthy and never hospitalized, never needed medication, or even had an ear infection to date. Completely healthy. Now he is 13 yrs old 5 foot 10, and about 120 pounds and still healthy. That insurance company, obviously, is rediculous. I hope everything works out for you and your family. Insurance is am important thing, but I'm glad more importantly, your baby is nice and healthy :)
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