Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Legislation Update

It's been two months since we received additional health insurance for Matthew thru the police department. I must thank God (and the Board of Trustee's) a hundred times a day for raising the lifetime cap for it's members.

We have not given up on trying to help all the other families in this state that have "run out" of health insurance. We are setting up meetings and staying in close contact with our Senators, Congressman and Assemblywoman ~ and of course, Beth Fisher from KVBC Channel 3.

We were supposed to meet with one of the Chiefs of Staff for Governor Jim Gibbons tomorrow, but Matthew has a GI test scheduled. Joe Bifano from the Fraternal Order of Police is going to set up another day/time sometime next week.

Our plans are to go to Carson City sometime next month and testify ... Senator Heck is the only one who agreed to draft and submit a Medicaid "buy in" bill for non poverty level families that have medically fragile children.

Nevada needs to implement some kind of "safety net" or High Risk Pool for families that "run out" of health coverage or are uninsurable. If there are 36 other states in this country with a High Risk Pool, there is NO reason why a state as rich as ours can't take care if it's own citizens.
(Of course, if you're poor, there's no problem.. you'll get cared for.)
We think it would be a whole lot better than being forced to move out of state to another state that has a HRP or getting a divorce.

If you missed the the KVBC newsclip that ran in November and again on New Years Day ... here it is w/ a video of Mike, Matthew, myself, Beth Fisher and Senator Heck.
http://www.kvbc.com/Global/story.asp?S=5658416&nav=menu107_2_8
Here is a Las Vegas Sun Article about us and two other NV families of cardiac babies that "ran out" of health insurance.

1 comment:

Terri said...

YES I'M STILL AT IT!

I SHALL NOT STOP UNTIL US MIDDLE CLASS AND ABOVE ARE PROTECTED, TOO.

:-)