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Uninsured, Under-insured


According to Health Care Access, there are at least 12,000 people in Douglas County who don't have health insurance. Health reporter Karrey Britt wrote about a few of the uninsured in March in "Faces of the uninsured." Some of you have put your stories here.


Do you think it's a good idea for us at LJWorld.com to develop a map like this for the HealthCommons network that we're planning on putting together so that our community can get a better sense of how many of us don't have health insurance and how this is affecting our community?

And what about those of us who are under-insured? How do you think we should get a better handle on that?


Leslie Swearingen 8 years, 8 months ago

I would like to see a clickable map so that when you click on a pin you see numbers, and how many are men, women, children, working, laid off, homeless. Also, are the KU students to be included in this? Isn't it great that we now have computers and software like Google to enable getting good informtion to a lot of people? As someone once said, the poor will always be with you. So, I don't see anyone to change that. Doctors are not obligated to accept any insurance if they don't want to.

jestevens 8 years, 8 months ago

Good ideas, Irish. KU students are part of this, although we might create a health site on Facebook for students, since it's such a useful and popular communications tool for students. We're looking for uninsured and under-insured from all walks of life. Many people who've had good jobs face bankruptcy because of medical bills. Here's a CBS story about it - http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2009/06/05/earlyshow/health/main5064981.shtml It was based on an earlier Washington Post article -- http://voices.washingtonpost.com/health-care-reform/2009/06/new_study_shows_medical_bills.html?hpid=moreheadlines. And here's the report both articles were based on - http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/politics/documents/american_journal_of_medicine_09.pdf

Ronda Miller 8 years, 8 months ago

Jane, you can add me to the list. I don't mind giving you the information since I am a known. I canceled mine earlier this year when I faced having less clients and mounting bills. It is a shame when we have to do this type of a trade off.

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