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Cover the Uninsured Week

This week is Cover the Uninsured Week, a time to spotlight the importance of health insurance.  The health of many working families suffers because they are unable to afford insurance.  If there is one thing a community can agree on, it’s the importance of keeping our kids healthy.  Sadly, for many Virginians the peace of mind that comes with knowing their children will have access to the medical care they need is out of reach.  I am lucky to have the chance to fulfill the “Live United” motto by working with folks in our community to provide health insurance for their children through Virginia’s FAMIS Program.

It might be surprising that nearly all of the people who I help are employed, most full time and many in families where both parents are working.  As health insurance premiums go sky high, teachers, police officers, and the owners and employees of small businesses are forced to choose between the paying for the house and groceries and their children’s health care.  If you or a friend have children that are uninsured, check out our Insurance for Children Project web page for more info or email me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. !

Find out more about how Virginia measures up to the nation in providing health care coverage for its citizens!  Check out this eye-opening Profile of the Uninsured put together by the Virginia Healthcare Foundation, which funds the United Way Insurance for Children Project.


Posted by Melissa Beth Behl

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