MassHealth for Mass Health

Mon 30 Sep 2013 - Filed under: Not a Journal., , | 22 Comments | Posted by: Gavin


This is the first week since our daughter, Ursula, was born in February 2009 that we will not have any home nurses coming in to help look after. This is a huge milestone and I cannot resist writing about it. We are filled with all the glee of parents of a newborn coming home for the first time. Sure, it also means life is complicated, but, hey, we knew that when we signed up for this gig.

Ursula is a very healthy four-and-a-half-year-old. She is in preschool 4 days a week (for all of 2 hours 15 minutes a day!) and loves tumble tots at the YMCA.

She still sees various specialists about her anabolic steroids maintenance and physical (and other) therapists but for the most part when you talk to her she is just a great, smart, healthy kid who loves books and chocolate. We are so lucky and so grateful.

The home nursing came from the mighty MassHealth, which of course then-Governor Romney signed into law and then “RomneyCare” was used as the basis for the new Affordable Health Care/”ObamaCare.” Let me tell you, having a kid in hospital and being able to change insurance companies without being penalized for all her pre-existing conditions was huge. If we were living in a different US state by now we would be bankrupt and maybe living in Ursula’s Nana’s basement—which, I have to say, is a lovely basement. So, from the bottom of our hearts for now and forever: Thanks to all the politicians, backroom folks, grassroots activists, and healthcare professionals for MassHealth. Thank you, thank you, thank you.


22 Responses to “MassHealth for Mass Health”

  1. DarjaMC on September 30th, 2013 9:09 pm

    Wonderful news!

  2. Gavin on September 30th, 2013 9:10 pm

    Thanks Darja! We owe you an email! Hope all is well with you and yours!

  3. Greer Gilman on September 30th, 2013 10:35 pm

    Fabulous! And what a terrific picture of Ursula!

    All hail MassHealth!


  4. Gavin on September 30th, 2013 10:37 pm

    All hail indeed! Thanks, Greer!

  5. David Schwartz on September 30th, 2013 11:06 pm

    Love that picture. Love you guys. That is all.

  6. Gavin on September 30th, 2013 11:12 pm

    Love you too Dave!

  7. Sareen McLay on October 1st, 2013 7:16 am

    Wonderful, wonderful news and a fab picture! Sending all our lovexxx

  8. Gavin on October 1st, 2013 7:18 am

    Thank you, Sareen!

  9. Nivair H. Gabriel on October 1st, 2013 10:24 am

    Hooray for Ursula and hooray for your whole family!

  10. Gavin on October 1st, 2013 10:25 am

    Hooray indeed! (He said, juggling!)

  11. Lauren McLaughlin on October 1st, 2013 10:27 am

    Your incredibly beautiful daughter should be the poster child for the benefits of a truly modern and humane health care system. Plus, she just seems awesome. Congratulations! Lx

  12. Gavin on October 1st, 2013 10:28 am

    Yes on the first, yes on the second—anyone who compliments Ursula is obviously a person of great taste and discernment, thank you, Lauren! Here’s to a civilized health care system being implemented in the USA.

  13. Elizabeth Bear on October 1st, 2013 10:30 am

    Best news is best. 🙂

  14. Gavin on October 1st, 2013 10:31 am

    It is, thank you, Elizabeth!

  15. Jason Erik Lundberg on October 1st, 2013 11:29 am

    This is fantastic news, Gavin and Kelly!

  16. Gavin on October 1st, 2013 11:35 am

    Thanks, Jason!

  17. Neile Graham on October 1st, 2013 12:23 pm

    Hooray for health care for all–so hard to understand the resistance to it when the results are so obvious. Yay Ursula! You’ve all come such a long way. Congrats on reaching this stage. It must feel huge.

  18. Tim Pratt on October 1st, 2013 2:58 pm

    Oh, that’s marvelous. And what a lovely picture.

  19. ghg on October 1st, 2013 11:18 pm

    So much joy for the three of you.



  20. Brianna on October 1st, 2013 11:59 pm

    Hooray! What a wonderful milestone, and what a vibrant kid. So many congratulations!

  21. Kathleen on October 2nd, 2013 7:01 am

    Wonderful news! Can’t wait to see her again – I hope next time I visit the States!

  22. Robert on October 2nd, 2013 12:41 pm

    She’s so grown up!!! Where does the time go?

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