Hearing on the Impact of Gaps in Health Coverage on Income Security
Statement of Matthew Melmed, Executive Director, ZERO TO THREE, submitted to the Committee on Ways and Means, Subcommittee on Income Security and Family Support of the U.S. House of Representatives on November 14, 2007.
“In the battle of words and policies over who should receive help in obtaining health insurance, and therefore better access to health care, we often forget that there are some groups of people who simply can’t wait—and babies are one of them. We hope that thinking about their needs can help spur action on behalf of all children and families.
"When we as parents think back to our children’s earliest years, we inevitably think of the many visits to the pediatrician. For many of us, it is daunting to imagine having to pay out of pocket for all that care or even worse, to imagine foregoing that care because of the trade-offs it would require in other basic necessities of life. And to contemplate the staggering medical bills for infants with the complications of preterm birth or low birth-weight would be overwhelming. Yet, many parents do face these circumstances as more than one in ten infants and toddlers are without health insurance.”
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