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Kids and Health Insurance – It Matters

I am a teaming up with Allies for Children and Moms Rising to promote the Healthy Together campaign, which aims to cover 100 percent of children and youth in the City of Pittsburgh with quality, affordable health insurance. This is a sponsored post, however all thoughts and opinions expressed herein are my own.

Healthy Together enrollbotMedicine for your child or food for the family? 

There are parents who have to make that choice. Great parents. Parents not only in other countries, but parents here in the US, in my own neighborhood. Allies for Children asked me to talk about this, and they didn’t have to ask twice! I see families every day that need help getting their kids signed up for services they are already eligible to receive. Parents who are genuinely terrified of the words:

“My tummy hurts.”

Most all of us think, “Uh-oh!” Because your little one might be coming down with something? Because you had a full day planned and this might throw the whole thing upside down? Because your sweet child may need to miss school or a much-loved activity? Sure, all of that. Do you also think:

  • We can’t afford medicine and the electric bill.
  • We can’t afford a test and rent.
  • We can’t afford to go to the doctor.
  • I’ll wait to take you for help, because it might not be that serious and we need groceries.
  • What if you die because we hesitated?

Here in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania alone, 2000 kids are uninsured. Kids that could be insured, for whom there are programs waiting. If your child is one of them, you can stop trying to make those impossible choices. Sign up now!

If you are lucky enough to have health insurance for your family, will you help me spread the word to get them all signed up?

There is a plan to enroll 100 percent of children and families residing in the City of Pittsburgh in quality, affordable healthcare programs. The plan also aims to renew health benefits for those on Medicaid and/or the Children’s Health Insurance Plan (CHIP).

To implement the campaign, the Office of Mayor William Peduto is partnering with Allies for Children, the Consumer Health Coalition, the Allegheny County Health Department and other child-serving organizations. The National League of Cities (NLC) Cities Expanding Health Access to Children and Families Initiative will fund this work with a $200,000 implementation grant. You can find out how to get coverage by calling 2-1-1 or visiting Get Enrolled Pittsburgh.

Please spread the word! And consider signing this “Thank you.”

Want to know more? Here is Mayor Peduto explaining this free service:

In case you missed it above, this post is sponsored by Allied For Children – they are doing amazing work and I’m honored to work with them to get families the help they need and deserve. 

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