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Hundreds of CA House Parties on Health - More Popular Than Tupperware

June 11, 2007

Sacramento, CA – Being too old, too sick, too rich, or too poor are just some of the reasons Californians are listing as stumbling blocks to getting health insurance and basic care. They've been sharing their stories at over 400 house parties across the state. Betsy Imholz with Consumers Union, the non-profit publisher of Consumer Reports magazine, says Californians are even finding you can be "too healthy" to get private health insurance coverage. She points out that young women of child-bearing age are often rejected.

“People out in the individual market whose employers don't provide them insurance are finding it very difficult to be able to find affordable health care coverage.”

Personal health insurance stories are being gathered to give background for state legislators as they work on overhauling the health insurance system. Imholz says the goal is to make sure affordable coverage is available through work, through a public health insurance system, or the private market.

Legislators have a big job on their hands, and Imholz notes that while insurance experiences differ for each person, there are common themes that the state can address.

“So, as they craft this complicated piece of comprehensive health reform legislation, they can really hit on solutions that will take care of the problems that real people are having.”

Deborah Smith/Eric Mack, Public News Service - CA