|By Tonyaa Weathersbee|
It's hard to see how
That seems to be the case when it comes to children of immigrants who are legally living in
Right now poor, uninsured immigrant children who become ill or injured - and haven't lived in
And that's always a costlier alternative.
The bill to waive the waiting period was sponsored by two Republican
Since then, 21 states have done just that.
And child advocates here were hoping
Diaz told The News Service of
But opponents had also raised concerns that the bill would lead to children of undocumented immigrants being covered.
Regardless of what led to the bill's defeat, the failure to pass it is shortsighted.
It makes no sense for a child suffering from a chronic health condition to keep waiting five years to receive consistent care, all while the condition likely becomes more expensive to treat.
"It is the definition of penny-wise, pound-foolish to withhold basic health care from children," said
"An unhealthy child is not only a moral embarrassment but an economic disaster," Levine told me.POOR MOVE FOR
The decision is also a bad one for
In 2009, 86.1 percent of children in
Some of those children were born to undocumented immigrants.
But many others were born to parents who are legal immigrants. And they are the children who would be covered by eliminating the five-year waiting period for KidCare.
The fact is
And as more immigrants have children, it could impact the health of other children if poor Latino families are forced to send sick children to schools and other places.
"If anything, you want that child to be healthy because they're going to come into contact with your child," Levine said.
"There are no more moats and bridges in our society."- firstname.lastname@example.org- Follow her @tonyaajw.- Like her at www.facebook.com/tonyaajweathersbee.- Or visit her at www.tonyaajweathersbee.com.
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