Welch calls for legislation to allow young people to remain on their parents’ health insurance plan

first_imgCongressman Peter Welch on Tuesday called for legislation allowing young people to stay on their parents health insurance policies until the age of 27. At a press conference at the University of Vermont s Waterman Lounge in Burlington, Welch said that comprehensive health reform legislation should make coverage affordable and accessible for the nation s largest group of uninsured people. In 2007, 13.2 million young people 30 percent of that age group were uninsured. Allowing young people to stay on the family health insurance plan will provide peace of mind to parents and affordable health care to young people, Welch said. As they leave high school or college, many young people find themselves unable or unwilling to buy health insurance leaving them at risk of serious illness or injury. This common sense legislation will save families money, reduce the risk of medical debt and keep people healthy.At the Burlington event, Welch outlined his support for the Young Adult Health Coverage Act (H.R. 2831), which Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi recently indicated would be incorporated into the final House version of comprehensive health reform legislation.Welch was joined at the press conference by Donna Watts, whose 21-year-old son, Kerry, was injured in a serious accident this summer after he was forced off his family s health plan and took a job that did not provide insurance. Kerry now faces thousands of dollars in medical bills. One of the most anxiety-inducing experiences for any parent is when you reach that point in your child s life when he or she is no longer eligible for your health insurance coverage, Donna Watts said.While Vermont s Catamount, Dr. Dynasaur and Vermont Health Access Program initiatives have made it one of nearly 30 states to offer some form of extended access to young people, Welch said that too many young Vermonters remain uninsured.According to a 2008 BISCHA survey, 21,807 Vermonters between the ages of 18 and 34 were uninsured. Nearly 22 percent of Vermonters between 18 and 24 were uninsured, compared with an overall rate of 7.4 percent making young Vermonters three times as likely as older Vermonters to be uninsured.Welch was also joined at the event by Vermont Campaign for Health Security executive director Peter Sterling and Cassandra Gekas, a 27-year-old Burlington resident who was unable to afford health insurance for two years.Source: Welch’s office. 10.20.2009.last_img read more

95% of Iloilo province PUMs completes 14-day quarantine

first_img* 70-year-old male from Lambunao (region’sPatient No. 16) * 58-year-old male from Guimbal (region’sPatient No. 22) The mostcommon symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, tiredness, and dry cough. * 94-year-old male from Miag-ao (region’sPatient No. 31) As this was being written, the number ofCOVID-19-positive cases in the province was 15 and of these, four died. Still being actively monitored were 465 PUMswhile 68 others were classified as “lost to follow-up” or could not beaccounted. The 11 other COVID-19 cases were the following: The Iloilo mortalities were the following: On the other hand, the province listed 79persons under investigation (PUI) as of Saturday. * 65-year-old male from Guimbal (region’sPatient No. 2)  * 41-year-old male from Lambunao(region’s Patient No. 28) * 50-year-old male from Pavia (region’sPatient No. 37) Thesedroplets also land on objects and surfaces around the person. Other people thencatch COVID-19 by touching these objects or surfaces, then touching their eyes,nose or mouth. * 48-year-old female from Lambunao (region’sPatient No. 30) * 39-year-old female from Lambunao (region’sPatient No. 27) * 59-year-old female from Barotac Nuevo(region’s Patient No. 10). *  70-year-old female from Lambunao(region’s Patient No. 29) She urged residents to continuously observeprecautionary measures such as staying at home, social distancing, washinghands thoroughly, and wearing facemask. ILOILO – Of the 11,799 persons undermonitoring (PUMs) for possible coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) infection inthis province as of Saturday (April 11), 11,187 or 95 percent were able tocomplete their 14-day home quarantine, according to the Provincial HealthOffice (PHO). * 22-year-old female from Miag-ao (region’sPatient No. 12) Some patientsmay have aches and pains, nasal congestion, runny nose, sore throat ordiarrhea. These symptoms are usually mild and begin gradually. Some peoplebecome infected but don’t develop any symptoms and don’t feel unwell./PN People cancatch COVID-19 from others who have the virus. The disease can spread fromperson to person through small droplets from the nose or mouth which are spreadwhen a person with COVID-19 coughs or exhales. * 51-year-old female from Guimbal (region’sPatient No. 18) From April 8 to 11, no confirmed case wasrecorded in the province, according to Dr. Patricia Grace Trabado, PHO chief. * 25-year-old female from Barotac Nuevo(region’s Patient No. 36) * 52-year-old female from Pavia (region’sPatient No. 38). * 44-year-old female from Lambunao (region’sPatient No. 25)last_img read more