Survey Shows Healthcare Woes

1 decade 3 years 2 months ago Thursday, March 29 2007 Mar 29, 2007 Thursday, March 29, 2007 6:04:56 PM CDT March 29, 2007 in News

"We own cars, we save for college, we've saved for retirement," she said. "We've done what we're supposed to do." 

Elliot was involved in a car accident a year ago and doctors said she couldn't work any more. She lost her health insurance and job.

The Missouri Association for Social Welfare Survey highlights the plight of people like the Elliotts in a state the group says does not make healthcare or insurance affordable.

"Around 85 percent of our respondents say that their healthcare premiums go up," said Sharon Feltman of the Missouri Association for Social Welfare, "while about 57 percent of the respondents say they don't know why.

At the state capitol, lawmakers are trying to deal with the healthcare issue by passing bills like House Bill 818.

"It is a bill that will help us fundamentally change the state's healthcare policy towards the objective of the indivudal and away from the objectives of the employer," said Rep. Doug Ervin (R-Kearney)

Until then, people like the Elliotts may have to cut back on normal activities.

"The kids have summer coming up," said Elliot. "They'd like to go on vacation. They'd like to do their summer camps. And right now, it's not feasable for any of that."

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