From the Pennsylvania Health Access Network (http://www.pahealthaccess.org):
You have to see this video. It’s about Roseanne, a mother of two who lives in Perkasie, Pennsylvania. At one point Roseanne says she’d rather die than become a burden to her family.
You see, Roseanne suffers from a number of chronic conditions, including Crohn’s disease, for which a single treatment is over $100,000. For the past six years she has relied on the low-cost insurance program, adultBasic. She makes too much for Medicaid and not enough to afford private insurance. AdultBasic is set to expire in a few months and people like Roseanne just don’t know how they are going to afford to live.
Please watch this video at http://www.pahealthaccess.org/. Then go to http://org2.democracyinaction.org/o/6560/p/dia/action/public/?action_KEY=3612 to sign our petition.
Our petition calls on state legislators and the non-profit Blues to come together and form a real solution. Kicking Roseanne and 43,000 other people off their health insurance is not a solution.
The non-profit Blue Cross/Blue Shield companies in PA have a $5.6 billion surplus, but they don’t have to pay taxes on their premium dollars. So, they’ve been required to make charitable contributions like the ones that help fund adultBasic. The problem is, this contract is set to expire. Their generous tax breaks, however, will continue.
Since the Blues started contributing to adultBasic their surplus has actually grown, despite the economy. If they could afford to make those contributions then, they can afford it now. (Especially given all the taxes they still don’t have to pay on their premium dollars).
People like Roseanne can’t afford to lose their health insurance. And Roseanne’s sons can’t afford to lose her. Watch this short clip, forward it to your friends and make sure you sign the petition to Save AdultBasic!
Share your story! If you’re on adultBasic and worried about losing your health insurance let us know. Sharing your story is one of the most powerful things you can do to help our fight!
Our state legislators haven’t yet done enough to find a solution. The big insurance executives of Blue Cross/Blue Shield haven’t found it in their hearts to do the right thing. You are the only people fighting for Roseanne and the 43,000 like her. Thank you!
Sign the petition at http://org2.democracyinaction.org/o/6560/p/dia/action/public/?action_KEY=3612. Please forward it to your family and friends.