Must have insurance coverage for low-income children

Published: Monday, January 19, 2004 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, January 19, 2004 at 1:58 a.m.

In response to Bob Herbert's Jan. 16 column about Florida and the Healthy Kids low-cost insurance crisis: I am one of the many parents on the 'Hold' list. My child is presently uninsured due to lack of funding in the program.

We do not qualify for Medicaid. I cannot afford private policies, either purchased individually or through my employer. At present, I am required to pay for my daughter's health care coverage out of pocket. Heaven forbid we have anything catastrophic happen, otherwise we could be financially ruined.

What is the government of this state thinking? That this program, apparently, "is not an entitlement." Of course it's not; I'm paying the premiums.

This state can afford new sports stadiums and medical colleges. I'm sure if they put just one of those projects aside, they can afford to provide health insurance coverage for low-income children.

Jeb Bush and the Florida Legislature ought to be too embarrassed by this to be seen in public.

Abigail Mouat,


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