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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 West Virginia moms because they don't have access to affordable health care coverage. Keli Hudson is a working mom in Charleston. She has toddler twins, and even with a state medical card, she has a tough time affording doctor care.

“The last time my little boy had an ear infection, I had to pay $115 out of my pocket, which is kind of hard for a single mom of two, just to have his little ears looked at.”

Hudson does not have any coverage for herself. 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.

Sister Janet Peterworth with ABLE Families in Mindo County says people without coverage are using the emergency room as a health care system because they simply can't pay a doctor when symptoms first appear.

“It's 'wait until I'm so sick that I have to do absolutely something.' There's not any going for a check-up, or going to have your teeth cleaned.”



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