Just Don't Get Sick: Access to Health Care in the Aftermath of Welfare Reform

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Rutgers University Press, Aug 20, 2007 - Medical - 224 pages
The ability to obtain health care is fundamental to the security, stability, and well-being of poor families. Government-sponsored programs provide temporary support, but as families leave welfare for work, they find themselves without access to coverage or care. The low-wage jobs that individuals in transition are typically able to secure provide few benefits yet often disqualify employees from receiving federal aid.

Drawing upon statistical data and in-depth interviews with over five hundred families in Oregon, Karen Seccombe and Kim Hoffman assess the ways in which welfare reform affects the well-being of adults and children who leave the program for work. We hear of asthmatic children whose uninsured but working mothers cannot obtain the preventive medicines to keep them well, and stories of pregnant women receiving little or no prenatal care who end up in emergency rooms with life-threatening conditions.

Representative of poor communities nationwide, the vivid stories recounted here illuminate the critical relationship between health insurance coverage and the ability to transition from welfare to work.

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Introduction Access to Health Care and Welfare Reform
Health Status and Health Changes
Insurance Coverage
Other Access and Barriers to Health Care
Do Families Get the Health Care They Need?
Worry Planning and Coping
Facing Reality
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