Safe Family: Covering the un-insured

By: Ryan Loyd Email
By: Ryan Loyd Email

This week is National "Cover the Un-Insured Week."

Its purpose is to advocate for health coverage for all Americans.

"Once my family enrolled in the child health insurance program, things changed tremendously. I don't have to worry about making a decision between paying a bill or taking my child to the doctor."

For Eugenia Williams, having her family protected by health insurance has meant the world, and it's a big relief when it comes to making sure her kids are happy and healthy.

"I find they voice their opinion more when something is hurting instead of holding it in, they will say, "Mom, I don't feel well today" or "Mom, my stomach is aching, or I feel a pain."

This year, Cover the Un-Insured Week comes at a critical time. Congress is working to reauthorize the state children's health insurance program, which provides states with funding for kids who are in need.

If congress does not renew the program, millions of children will remain uninsured.

"Many people are working hard to make health coverage for kids a top priority. All of us can get involved by logging on to www.cover the uninsured.org and finding events nearby and other ways to get involved."

What's surprising is that many uninsured kids are eligible for low-cost or free insurance.

"Parents may think they earn too much for their kids to qualify..... Parents need to find out the facts by calling 1 877-KIDS-NOW."

Eugenia's children now know the benefits of programs like this, and instead of making a choice between paying a bill and getting her kids to the doctor, the choice is already made for her.

It's a choice she'd choose any day.

"Because it can't hurt, it can only help them."


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