Belief in a Just World: A Case Study in Public Health Ethics (Essays)
The Hastings Center Report, 2008, Jan-Feb, 38, 1
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A recent news article in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution profiled a working-class married couple, Connie and Michael Post, whose children were enrolled in PeachCare for Kids, a health insurance program for children that is Georgia's version of the State Children's Health Insurance Program. (1) The Posts were having a tough time making ends meet, and they depended on PeachCare for health care for their three children (and a fourth on the way at the time the series appeared). Michael had recently left his $42,000-a-year job as a full-time pastor to work as a freelance minister, supplementing his income with odd jobs and house painting. Connie had taken a job at a local horseshoeing school for $25,000 a year. Their take-home pay was about $850 per week, and their monthly expenses (mortgage, car payment, auto insurance, health insurance premiums with high deductibles for the parents, food, gas, electricity, water, cell and telephone service, clothes, credit card payment, life insurance) averaged around $2,883 a month, leaving little left over for extras. Living paycheck to paycheck, they seemed nonetheless a happy and stable family. PeachCare for Kids lets families earning less than 235 percent of the federal poverty level get free health insurance for their children up to age six, and to pay a modest premium for health insurance for children over that age. The benefits include doctor visits, immunizations, hospitalizations, and emergency room visits. PeachCare is widely regarded as a successful preventive health program for children in low-income families whose earnings put them above Medicaid eligibility levels. The Posts would likely have been completely insolvent had not PeachCare been paying their children's medical bills. Their middle child, Cadence, was disabled with autism, and she needed two $135 therapy sessions every week on an ongoing basis. An older child had sensory problems but had improved with once-a-week, $135 therapy sessions and no longer needed them.
- Category: Life Sciences
- Published: 01 January 2008
- Publisher: Hastings Center
- Seller: The Gale Group, Inc.
- Print Length: 11 Pages
- Language: English