Recently I learned about a program called Speak Now For Kids. Speak Now For Kids is a voice for children in health reform! Speak Now for Kids in Health Reform urges you to tell Congress why children matter in health reform – through stories, photos and videos. They provide an open forum for the public to express their thoughts and concerns about children and health reform.
Did you know that there are about 8.8 million children in the U.S. who are not insured?
Why is it important for children to have health insurance?
- Children are more likely to get treatment for recurring illnesses and preventative care from a physician or dentist if they have insurance. As a result, they get sick less often and get needed treatment when they are sick.
- Uninsured children and those who don’t have comprehensive insurance coverage are more likely to lack a usual source of care. Their caregivers are more likely to delay or forgo care they may need. As a result, they are more likely to be admitted to hospitals through emergency rooms.
- Unhealthy children are more likely to miss school and their parents to miss work to care for them.
- Many adult chronic health conditions have their origins in childhood. Chronic health conditions among children, such as asthma, obesity and developmental, learning and psychiatric disorders, are on the rise.
You can be heard! Join us this Wednesday 9:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. eastern, for the Speak Now for Kids SiteWarming Party where party-goers can speak with a representative from the National Association of Children’s Hospitals.
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