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February 12, 2013

NEWS AND TRIBUNE LETTERS — For Feb. 13

Cancer support volunteer asks for health care dollars

This year in Indiana, an estimated 35,000 people will be diagnosed with cancer and another 13,000 will die of the disease. 

People without health coverage are more likely to be diagnosed with cancer at its later stages, when patients are less likely to survive and treatments are more costly.

Our lawmakers have an opportunity this legislative session to help in the fight against cancer. The federal government has allocated funds to increase access to health care through Medicaid coverage for hard-working, low-income families in our state. 

More and more states are taking advantage of this opportunity based on the fact that covering more people makes moral and fiscal sense. We can cover more people and save millions of taxpayer dollars that are currently spent to treat the uninsured in emergency rooms.

If Indiana makes the right choice and extends lifesaving health coverage, more than 400,000 people who cannot afford critical care will have the security of knowing they have access to proven cancer screenings and treatments.

I urge our lawmakers to accept the federal dollars already allocated for Indiana and be a leader in the fight against cancer.

— Mary Kost, New Albany, volunteer, American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network

 

Parents write about joys of, need for foster parents

 

Today is a good day. We have been foster parents now for two years. Prior to making this life-changing decision, we never knew that there was such a need in this community. Such a need that after weeks of training, hours of one-on-one interviews, pages of handouts and background checks and reflections of our own childhood experiences, we were certified. 

The same day we got our license, a baby was brought to our home just shy of 4 months old, and a month later one night at 10:30 p.m., there were two young girls brought to us. There was certainly a need.

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