A couple weeks ago, I had a phone interview with someone from the Children's Defense Fund regarding our insurance woes. You can follow that link for handy little factoids, such as MY state has the highest rate of uninsured kiddos in the nation! Go Texas!
This was the only conversation I've had with anyone about this situation that gave me any hope at all. It was a quick phone call, mainly exchanging of information, but it was the first phone call that didn't end in some variation of "I'm sorry, there is nothing more you can do". It was the first phone call that left me with the smallest glimmer of hope.
She said that their outreach teams would be contacting various insurance agencies in our state, sharing our story with them, and trying to get somewhere. They will also be contacting legislators to that same end. At the end of our conversation, she asked if I would be willing to share our story with a larger audience, allow them to share it with the media, especially as they push for changes to be made to the current system. I said yes.
Tomorrow someone is coming to our house to interview me and take photographs for the story. This is a whole new world for me. I've never been THIS person. I've always been the person who politely declines and is much happier to stay silently in the background. But that KayTar, she got to me, and for her I'll shout it from the rooftops. But it isn't only that. I live in the state with the highest rate of uninsured children in this nation, and not all of those parents have the opportunity or voice to speak out. If I do have that ability, I have to take it...not just for KayTar, but for all the children like her, and all the families like ours. It's time for a change.
The interviewer sent me questions to ponder in the meantime and I'd like to leave you with one. What would YOU tell lawmakers about the need for SCHIP and Medicaid? I know my answer already, but I'd love to hear yours as well.
Cross posted at MOMocrats.
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