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What Mom Really Wants for Mother's Day: Health Insurance

May 8, 2007

Forget flowers or candy for Mother's Day. Health insurance may be an unconventional gift idea, but it's one that health care advocates say moms are asking for, including cancer patient Roberta Mahoney in Reno. She's one of the 17 million women in the U.S. without healthcare. When she lost coverage for a brief period she was diagnosed with rectal cancer.

“For my first colonoscopy that I had to pay for, what I did was take out from my mortgage at a very low interest rate $20,000."

She relied on her daughter for emotional support.

“When we found out that I had cancer, she laid down beside me, and she looked at me and said 'Mom, I will be with you every step of the way.'”

Mahoney is concerned about how she'll pay for future medical bills, and wonders how women without home mortgage options manage medical care for themselves, and their families.

Nancy Whitman is the director of Nevada Covering Kids and Families. She notes that Congress is considering legislation that could bring health coverage to all children.

“Children will lead healthier lives. They don't have problems with dental health. Parents can remain at work. They have a healthier family all around.”

Whitman thinks the best option is the “All Healthy Children Act” which merges existing state and federal insurance, and automatically enrolls children.

One-in-five women doesn't have insurance in the U.S. Congress is currently considering legislation that would extend coverage to all children and pregnant women.

A fact sheet on uninsured women is at

Charles Lane/Eric Mack, Public News Service - NV