Posts Tagged - ‘underinsured’

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Underinsured Families Less Likely To Follow Doctor’s Orders

Monday, October 4th, 2010

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According to a survey from the Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine, 13 percent of parents admitted to not following at least one recommendation from their pediatrician in the past year. They are not purposely rebelling; on the contrary, they blame high costs. For example, medications and exams can be particularly expensive if the out-of-pocket cost is not covered by their insurer.

Working class and lower-middle-class parents are most likely to be underinsured. That is because families earning under $15,000 have public health insurance, while those with annual incomes over $34,999 were able to afford a better private health insurance plan.

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FL Gov. Charlie Crist Vetoes Money For Uninsured

Wednesday, June 2nd, 2010

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Florida Republican-turned-Independent Governor and Senate Candidate Charlie Crist just vetoed a bill that budgeted almost $10 billion for hospitals to care for the uninsured and under-insured. Recent figures show 27% of non-senior citizen residents lacking Florida health insurance.

He may believe that healthcare reform will reduce the need for uncompensated charity care, since more people will have insurance. In addition, his state has been hard hit by the real estate slump. Still, people are confused, because Crist appeared to have given up on the conservative Tea Party vote once he dropped out of the Republican primary.

This particular line item has been in the state’s budget for over 30 years, far before affordable health insurance reform was a gleam in Barack Obama’s eye, and has been relatively noncontroversial during that time. However, the political climate is very heated, especially in an area where the Attorney General (Bill McCollum) has famously launched a lawsuit against the Obama administration on constitutional grounds.

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