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

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Not flowers or candy, but health insurance. It's what many moms really need this Mother’s Day, says Sherry Baze, certified nurse practitioner for the Orchard Place Child Guidance Center in Des Moines. She says Congress is considering the "All Healthy Children Act," which could bring health coverage to all children. She believes it's especially important for the many children facing chronic health problems.

"Kids need ongoing therapy and often medication, and it's very, very difficult to meet those needs without insurance."

Baze treats children with mental health issues like attention deficit disorder, and reports that many families come in without the health care coverage they need.

"I do see a number of uninsured kids, kids who fall between the Medicaid level and private insurance."

She adds that often happens when mom is in a low-paying job where the employer doesn't offer health coverage. Iowa has supplemental insurance for low-income families called Hawk-I, but even so, roughly 8 percent of the state's children remain uninsured.

A fact sheet on uninsured women is at www.kff.org/womenshealth/upload/600_05.pdf.




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