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May 02, 2007

The wise investment of insuring children

SMALL CHANGES, as any parent knows, can make a big difference in the lives of young children.

When Sheila Miguel, a single mother in Sun Valley, had no health insurance, her 7-year-old daughter, Chelsea, received only sporadic treatment for her asthma, usually in an emergency room after she suffered an attack. Chelsea almost never saw the same doctor twice. When her medication ran out, the family often could obtain more only by returning to the emergency room. Mostly, Sheila tried to make do on her own.

"She would have asthma attacks and I would just treat it at home, … and as a mother, it is pretty stressful," Sheila said.

But since last winter, Chelsea has received health insurance through the "Healthy Kids" plan offered by the Children's Health Initiative of Los Angeles, a public-private partnership that covers about 40,000 otherwise uninsured children across the county.

Chelsea, a second-grader, now receives regular treatment from a doctor in a mobile asthma clinic that visits the small, welcoming health center attached to the Charles MacLay Middle School in Pacoima. She misses school much less often and plays more easily with her friends when she's there. And her mother sleeps better at night.

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Posted by healthinsurance at May 2, 2007 05:18 PM