What would it take to be number one?
Every year, the Annie E. Casey Foundation releases the Kids Count Data Book, a comprehensive, 50-state look at child welfare. Arkansas made...

Poverty guidelines are out of date
Poverty guidelines play two important roles, they are a scorecard for how we are doing as a state, and they help determine...

Investments in health and education paying off for Arkansas kids
Arkansas made gains in health coverage and education over the last year, but the child poverty rate went up to 29 percent....

New report confirms AACF findings on school discipline
The *Office of Education Policy* (OEP) at the University of Arkansas shared a new report on school discipline with the State Board...

- View All

Follow Us RSS



You Tube

What's Happening What's New Sign Up for AACF Action Alerts Subscribe to Our Email Newsletters Join The Kids Count Coalition
Anita: Not having coverage has been really tough
Anita: Not having coverage has been really tough
Posted by Anna Strong on February 11th 2014

Anita Geiger is a mother, a student, and an employee from Conway. She hasn't had any health coverage in the past six years and she's made sacrifices to keep her daughter healthy.

"You look at your child's face and you want to do everything you can for them," Anita says. "So you usually give to a child before you take care of yourself. I'd say in the six years that I haven't had any kind of coverage at all, it's been really tough."

Anita is one of 250,000 Arkansans who are eligible for the Private Option, a bipartisan solution passed during the last legislative session that uses federal dollars to buy private insurance plans for low-income Arkansans. She's one of nearly 100,000 who have ALREADY SIGNED UP for coverage. That coverage will be taken away if lawmakers don't vote to approve funding for a program they've already supported by an overwhelming majority. Some lawmakers are wavering on their commitment to making sure all Arkansans have a shot at affordable health coverage and the peace of mind that comes with it. With the fiscal session getting underway this week, it's time they heard from you. Click here for all the information you need and to find out how to contact your representatives.

Anita, for one, hopes lawmakers vote to continue the coverage she's so happy to have.

"Our family isn't looking to use the Private Option on a long-term basis. While I'm in school, it's helping me right now. And when I get a job and get a career where I can afford insurance I'll be happy to pay for it. As a mom, I give everything I can for my kids and my family. Now that I do have the Private Option, I'm actually seeing something being given back to me, it's an amazing feeling. It's pretty great."

More videos here.

Contact your lawmaker.

Share your story

Post your comment


No one has commented on this page yet.

RSS feed for comments on this page | RSS feed for all comments

Arkansas Advocates for Children & Families
Union Station - 1400 West Markham Suite 306 - Little Rock, AR 72201
Phone: (501) 371-9678 - Fax: (501) 371-9681 - Email: info@aradvocates.org