ya know... why don't insurance companies drop it? Does anybody have better insight into that question? I don't understand because it seems like they'd save a lot of $$ if they stopped covering it and it isn't like people can do anything about it. I hate how big insurance runs the US, but in that case, their bottom line seems to line up with the right thing to do in this case. People could always buy a "cosmetic surgery" rider at extra cost...
Obviously, this is only my opinon, but I think that it quite likely has something to do with the insurance companies having to pay for all of the more expensive (general anesthesia, etc etc) circumcisions that have become "medically necessary" (*ahem* as in, CAUSED by improper care instructions or other iatrogenic issues) when the boys are older. It's cheaper for them to pay for circs of newborns than it is for older children.
As for "when will it stop?".. I'm afraid that it won't until all of those in the medical profession get their heads out of their butts and learn about the true function of the foreskin and how NOT to treat it. Until then, insurance companies will continue to pay for its removal.. and it will never stop until the vast majority of insurance companies stop paying for it. I know of so many parents who have used "insurance covering it" as just another one of their reasons for having it done.. they figure if it wasn't "needed", their insurance wouldn't cover it.