Remember Musical Chairs? Try Holding On to Your Health Insurance

In my other life (as opposed to my former life,) I write about infertility. Like some other conditions that can be treated with medical miracles, infertility treatment is rarely covered by health insurance. So, the Health Channel’s most recent feature article is on a topic near-and-not-so-dear to my heart.

We’ll not get into how I became an infertility writer at this junction; let’s just say I know too much.

The magic that can be worked by today’s incredible medical technology is nothing short of breath-taking. We live in a day and age when body parts can be fully reconstructed after being totally disfigured in an effort to eradicate killer cancerous cells. New parts from other bodies can be installed. Things that used to kill us can be stopped, and when that doesn’t happen, we can often be literally resurrected. 

We are accordingly awed and grateful to science and its application in the name of healing.

So it holds as sensible that many of us are aghast upon learning that these feats of science simply are not available to everyone.

Health care in the United States is not a right; it is a privilege. You may be surprised to hear the numbers of people in America for which this statement holds true.

And we’re not just talking about people who want to get pregnant and cannot without medical assistance. Their plights to have biological children — which can literally come to a dead-end because of cost and lack of coverage, regardless of available technology — are barely even the tip of the iceberg.

But I’m likely preaching to the choir here.
If you’re reading, it’s pretty likely that you’re either a single woman or were steered here by one. In either case, that makes you very susceptible to being intimately familiar with the issues of health care coverage or its lack thereof.

In the feature article, Single Women & Health Insurance, I’ve tried to not just lay out one woman’s real-life situation, but to offer up some resources if you’re in a similar boat. In the end, I ask that readers — both those with and those without — become advocates for health insurance coverage for everyone. Regardless of where you stand politically or socioeconomically, you are already paying for the fact that people in this country must daily make choices between keeping their households afloat and getting even the most basic medical attention.

Fortunately, we live in a world of rapid change. If only we could come to expect change, rather than trying to wish it away. If you’re secure today in your health insurance situation, balance your relief with information about realities. Preparation for possibilities can make a difference in how you bounce back — both physically and financially.
 ~Tracy Morris, Health Channel Editor