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Mother's Day Health Care - More than Chicken Soup

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Friday, May 11, 2007   


Chicken soup for the mother's soul is knowing that her family is healthy. Regular check-ups and preventive care is part of that prescription, but it's not possible for thousands of Tennessee moms because they don't have access to affordable health care coverage. Faith Moore in Nashville lost coverage at work, and then found that she couldn't even buy coverage because her son has asthma.

“He was in the emergency room several times with the acute asthma and allergies, and no one would insure him. What a situation this country has itself in.”

Moore thinks she broke her finger, but says she hasn't gathered up enough courage yet to walk into an emergency room and hope treatment fees will be waived based on income. Congress is looking at several proposals to offer affordable, accessible coverage. One plan is the “All Healthy Children Act,” which would automatically enroll children in a streamlined insurance system.

Nayerra Haq with the Children's Defense Fund says making sure all kids have coverage is a first step towards covering adults, too. The act is the proposal her group helped design.

“It makes enrollment automatic, so when a child is born, a parent automatically has health insurance. It also catches children when they go to school.”



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