Michigan Supreme Court rules in favor of insurance company denying coverage for stem cell surgery

Michigan Supreme CourtStem cell research is a controversial issue. While the issue is primarily comprised of its uses in medicine, the controversy extends well into the insurance industry. As new methods of treatment emerge, insurance companies must weigh the risks involved with such treatments and what implications could be made to their policies. Most insurers cringe away from covering medical procedures that have a limited history of use, arguing that the risks involved with such things as stem cell surgeries are immeasurable. The fears insurers harbor over the issue may have been lent credence, as the Michigan Supreme Court rules that state insurers do not have to cover stem cell surgery for a paraplegic man.

Kevin Krohn of Lenawee County suffered a spinal injury while riding his motorcycle. The injury left him paraplegic, b