BEAUMONT, TX (News Release) - By Holley Nees - email
NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - Attorney Tim Garrigan always wanted to provide health insurance for his six employees, but couldn't.
"It's prohibitively expensive for us to do it right now," he said.
A tough burden when facing employees who call each other their extended family. The adoration is displayed by the numerous photographs hanging in Toni Seay's office.
"I understand completely, but it would be great to have it," Seay said. "It would be great because i don't have anything."
Garrigan struggles with his own insurance. Pre-determined conditions categorize some family members as high risks, something that could soon end with health reform. The Obama supporter believes the health care package will work.
"It's going to make it possible for a lot of employers to provide health care insurance to their employees," Garrigan said. "As a result though, we will be able to compete with larger employers. I think it's going to be a huge benefit."
Then there are those who serve the poor who welcome the changes in health care. Right next door to Garrigan is a legal services attorney.
The legal services attorney represents the very poor, but also those who fall between the cracks. She's pleased expanded Medicaid will help those who currently don't fit into a government category.
"With the new expansion of Medicaid, anyone below a 133 percent of poverty will be eligible for Medicaid coverage and they don't have to fall into any other category," Brenda Willett said. "They just need to be poor enough."
Both attorneys are well aware of critics. Debate is now replaced with more immediate needs, such as health coverage for a mom and her four kids.
"We would love to be able to help her with it and hopefully we will be able to now," Willett said.