Would you like to hear something that is equal parts terror and excitement?
I've been asked to speak at a press conference at our State Capitol on the 29th.
And I said YES.
I'm terrified of public speaking, just thinking about it makes my stomach drop outside of my body and starts the room spinning. So why am I doing this?
Because I can. Because I should. Because I want to.
We aren't the only family in this situation. We aren't the only family who has fallen through the cracks, not the only family that sits right above the SCHIP income level with no other options, not the only family who has been denied coverage because of the bottom line. This terrible thing that has happened to our family is, unfortunately, not unique to us. Out of the 1.5 million uninsured children in our state alone, 487,000 of these children are above the SCHIP income guideline.
Do you know how much it costs our state to insure a child?
$40 per month.
Do you know the average cost for private family insurance in our state?
$900 per month. And in many cases, that $900 insurance does not even provide comprehensive coverage.
Is there something wrong with this?
Yes, of course there is.
Sadly, this situation is not unique to us, this specific problem affects 487,000 people in our state; however, the opportunity I have to bring attention to it is unique to us, to me, and it has the ability to affect change not only for our family, but for the 487,000 just like us. I have a story and a voice and an opportunity to use that voice, and I can't pass that up. I won't pass that up.
It's time to be the change.
Cross posted at MOMocrats.