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Mother's Day Gift List: Flowers, Chocolate, Health Care

May 8, 2008

Boston, MA - It's a gift any mom would want for Mother's Day: the peace of mind that comes with knowing that her grown child has health insurance. A new survey shows 80 percent of mothers have concerns about whether their grown children have medical coverage.

Starting with the new year, Christina Lamb's 19-year-old son Julian was no longer covered under his father's insurance, but needed to have coverage under the state's new health care reform law. She says signing him up was never a question.

"I think it's everyone's best interest. I don't know what the alternatives would be for someone lacking health insurance having a catastrophic health crisis."

Lamb says the Massachusetts Health Connector web site made the process of getting coverage for her son very easy. Statistics show most uninsured people are young adults, and those currently without health insurance will be penalized up to $912 on their 2008 tax returns.

John Galvin, a 25-year-old fisherman, says a number of factors convinced him to get insurance when he moved out of his parents' home. He explains that, while the tax penalty was one of them, another was his mother, a nurse.

"She would remind me every now and then, just kind of throw it out there. 'Have you got your health insurance yet, have you signed up for health insurance yet?' And we always used to joke that I had the curse of the nurse's son, in that I typically end up in the ER at least once a year for one reason or another."

More information on health insurance plans can be found at the Commonwealth Connector web site at

Kevin Clay, Public News Service - MA