If you have always had the privilege of health insurance, you may not fully understand the serious need for health care reform and the improved accessiblity to care and coverage that it will provide to millions of Americans. But a series by Illinois Health Matters may help make the dire need for reform more clear to those who haven't had to battle for care and coverage due to pre-exisiting conditions, part-time work, job loss, or self employment.
The story of Garfield Park resident Henry Edwards illustrates how childhood illnesses can continue to plague the lives of an adult in more ways than one. His story also exhibits the need for improved communications and outreach to communities about the services that will be available via the upcoming changes to the health care system:
Illinois Health Matters, along with Jay Dunn, also produced a video on one local politican who is working to improve outreach, attitudes, and the overall health of those in his South Side district and other Illinoisans. Here's more on State Sen. Donne E. Trotter's (D-17) views on health care reform policy and his work in the community focusing on major health issues like obesity and the improper use of emergency rooms: