Recently, I posted an article titled, Fight for the Right to Have Government Healthcare For Our Children with Special Needs. As I was writing that post, I began to think of what government healthcare means and how it has helped me in raising my son, Nate.
Below are the reasons why government healthcare has been important in raising my child with special needs.
1- Nate stayed in the neonatal intensive care for a few weeks after he was born.
2- Nate had many assessments, following his birth.
3- Nate had four ear tube surgeries.
4- Nate was a patient at the following departments at our medical facility: Cardiology, Genetics, Otolaryngology, Neurology, Nephrology, Audiology, and Orthopedics.
4- Nate received Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Hearing Therapy, Speech Therapy, and Vision Therapy.
5- Nate needed hearing aids and a wheelchair.
6- Nate needed diapers/pull-ups after 3 years of age.
7- Nate required psychological and psychiatric evaluations for his behavior.
8- Nate required mental health services. He needed a Behavior Specialist and Therapeutic Support Staff (TSS).
9- Nate required dental surgery that my insurance would not cover.
10- Nate required many radiological services, such as x-rays and ultrasounds.
11- Nate required medications that my primary insurance would not pay.
12- Nate required equipment, such as a Stander to help him stand for long periods of time. He also needed Orthotic braces for walking, and a therapeutic chair to help him sit correctly.
When I review this list, I know I am missing something. It’s been a long 22 years. However, I am grateful that Nate has government insurance to cover cost. Without this coverage we would not be able to afford this care for our child. We would have been in debt into the millions of dollars, unable to pay, if insurance was not available.
This is why I believe medical care should be available to all, without limitations. It is a “right” of every human being to have medical insurance. Not a privilege! You can’t put a privilege on a human life.
With this, I charge every parent to contact their Congressperson and demand that they NOT vote on a bill that will take the rights away of citizens to have medical coverage. Instead, demand that they work to create a plan that will give affordable healthcare to all.