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Flowers, Candy...Or? What Mom Really Wants for Mother's Day

May 11, 2007

Not flowers or candy, but access to medical care for their children is what many moms really need this Mother’s Day, says Tricia Brooks, president and CEO of New Hampshire Healthy Kids. She says Congress is considering the “All Healthy Children Act,” which could bring health coverage to all children. Brooks says that would bring peace of mind to mothers throughout New Hampshire.

“Low-income families, hardworking families, have to make decisions about whether they're going to fill the refrigerator or fill a prescription. So, health insurance is really critical.”

Nayerra Haq of the Children's Defense Fund says the bill would streamline application processes, which can be overwhelming, and make coverage automatic for pregnant mothers as well as children.

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

The All Healthy Children Act would strengthen state programs that already exist. New Hampshire's Healthy Kids program makes the state a leader in children's health coverage, but at least 17,000 Granite State children remain uninsured. Nationally, that number is more than nine million.
Brooks adds that, as a mother, she can't think of a better way to mark the holiday.

John Robinson/Eric Mack, Public News Service - NH