Meet Wendy Phillips, one of 100,000 Arkansans who could lose her health coverage if Arkansas defunds the private option | Arkansas Blog

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Meet Wendy Phillips, one of 100,000 Arkansans who could lose her health coverage if Arkansas defunds the private option

Posted By on Wed, Jan 29, 2014 at 5:10 PM


Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families 
released another video today, which tells the story of a diabetic health care worker and cancer survivor in Searcy named Wendy Phillips. Phillips, a mother of three, gained health coverage through the private option. The legislature is considering pulling the plug on the policy during the fiscal session, which would end coverage for Phillips and around one hundred thousand other Arkansans this summer, just six months after the private option began. 

The video is the latest in a series from Arkansas Advocates describing the stories of folks who have benefited from the private option (here's their first one, on Jennifer Trader in Springdale). 

I've seen some conservatives on social media say that somehow Arkansas Advocates is being "misleading" because some of the people in these videos have families — and parents with dependent children make up a minority of the eligible population in Arkansas. But that minority of eligible parents still amounts to...somewhere in the neighborhood of 60,000-80,000 Arkansans! People like Wendy Phillips. People like Jennifer Trader. These are the real stakes for real people. There's nothing misleading about it. If the private option is defunded, tens of thousands of folks will lose health coverage. Those folks have stories. If private-option opponents want to dismiss them as people who don't deserve help, well, that's fine. But with the legislature set to meet to decide the fate of the private option — their stories will be heard.  

Then there are another 150,000 or so Arkansans eligible for the private option who don't have dependent children. People like Sherri Thomas, a Walnut Ridge hairstylist, featured in the Arkansas Advocates video below. Maybe you simply don't care about health coverage for poor people without children, or older poor people whose children are grown. But again, with their coverage on the chopping block at the Capitol, their stories will be heard.

 

Tags: , , , , ,


Favorite

Comments (5)

Showing 1-5 of 5

Add a comment

 
Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-5 of 5

Add a comment

More by David Ramsey

Readers also liked…

  • Among the last words from Kenneth Williams: 'Finger Lickin' Good Fried Chicken'

    What's purported to be a final-words essay from condemned prisoner Kenneth Williams was distributed today by Deborah Robinson, a freelance journalist in Arkansas.  He reflects on his execution, his victims, reactions of inmates and big servings of fried chicken, which he says are given to all inmates on execution days.
    • Apr 27, 2017
  • Police identify two women found fatally shot on Chicot Road

    Little Rock police have identified two women found dead of gunshot wounds in an SUV parked next to a vacant trailer in a mobile home park at 11500 Chicot Road.
    • May 16, 2017
  • Today in Trump: Obstruction of justice anyone?

    It's the New York Times with the news today. Fired FBI Director James Comey kept notes of his talks with Donald Trump. A memo he wrote in February after a meeting with Trump said the president asked him to shut down the investigation into Michael Flynn, his former national security adviser.
    • May 16, 2017

Slideshows

  • Arkansas vs Ole Miss at War Memorial stadium in Little Rock, Saturday, Oct. 13, 2018. After leading for much of the game, Arkansas lost 37-33 when Ole Miss scored the game winning Touchdown with less that 2 minutes left. 
  • Margaret Clark Adventure Park
    New sculptures, preschoolers play area dedicated in Riverfront Park in Little Rock.

Most Recent Comments

 

© 2018 Arkansas Times | 201 East Markham, Suite 200, Little Rock, AR 72201
Powered by Foundation