What is a serious health condition?

A serious health condition is defined as an illness, injury, impairment, or physical or mental condition that involves either:

  • Inpatient care (i.e., an overnight stay) in a hospital, hospice, or residential medical care facility, including any period of incapacity or any subsequent treatment in connection with the inpatient care.
  • Continuing treatment by a health care provider.

A serious health condition does not include the following unless complications arise:

  • common cold
  • flu
  • earaches
  • upset stomach
  • minor ulcers
  • headaches other than migraine
  • routine dental or orthodontic problems
  • periodontal diseases
  • cosmetic treatments
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