Sunday, July 19, 2009

WA State gov't. expands health care insurance, Sarah gets health care

From NY Times, "Defying Slump, 13 States Insure More Children":
The broadening of eligibility has made a profound difference for parents like Vicky and Dewayne McIntyre of Yakima, Wash. When their state lifted the income cutoff for its program to 300 percent of the federal poverty level (or $54,930 for their family of three) from 250 percent (or $45,775), the McIntyres learned that their 8-year-old daughter, Sarah, had become eligible for the first time.

Sarah, who endured lung surgery at 3 and heart surgery at 6 and now has asthma, had been uninsured for a year. “We were into credit card debt and payday loans,” said Ms. McIntyre, 41, who works part time in a store to supplement her husband’s income as a welder. “Her medicine at one point was $880 a month, and we had to pay cash, so we were struggling. It is such a relief now that I can just take her to the doctor if I need to and get her medicine.”


Usnaps said...

yeah wA state basic heath is the best thing around.. I sure hope we can keep ours! hope your feeling well Howeie

Howard Martin said...

I am! thanks for asking!