When Norma Navarro takes her kids to the doctor, she knows what to expect. It’s not the cost of treatment that gets to her — although that weighs on her, too. The thing she dreads is having to explain to her little boy and little girl why they don’t get the same treatment.
Angel, 7, receives coverage through the Children’s Health Insurance Program. Navarro’s daughter, Aneth, 10, only gets coverage once a year through the state’s Children’s Health Development Program, and then for just one month after her checkup. After that, the family has to scrape together the money to get her help, or forgo it.
She took the kids to the dentist recently, and learned each kid had three cavities. The clinic was ready to schedule an appointment for Angel’s fillings as soon as possible. But they had to wait to get approval on Aneth’s.
That leaves Navarro, 28, in a bind: Get Angel care right away, or wait until they can get the same care?