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

May 9, 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 Luminita Tecsy who works as an office manager but cannot afford the premiums for her family.

“You're overwhelmed by the financial burdens that are imposed on you. I have to contribute a ridiculous amount of money for everything that I need.”

She believes health care should be as much a basic requirement as education.

Diana Breen, project manager for the Children's Defense Fund in New York, says all over the country, women and children are going without health care. She reports that a boy in Texas recently died of a brain infection after an abscessed tooth went untreated.

“We need to jump these bureaucratic hurdles and help children get coverage. We need health coverage for children all over the country in every state.”

There are 9 million uninsured children in the U.S. Congress is currently considering legislation that would extend coverage to all children and pregnant women and make enrolling less complicated.

A fact sheet on uninsured women is at

Charles Lane/Eric Mack, Public News Service - NY