How to talk to kids/teens about health care reform

Being insured means a great deal to many families. The coverage afforded by healthcare is vital to the health of any family, and is greatly missed when it is not available or has otherwise gone unused. Despite the fact that kids and teens don’t know a great deal about healthcare reform, it is still noticed more often than not by kids when they read media headlines and hear about such information in various discussions.


Too many adults discount the fact that kids might have something to say about healthcare reform and thus do not teach their children about the subject until they become teenagers or are nearly out of the house. This is a very important subject that kids have a right to know about, and could possibly benefit from hearing. It is also a topic that requires a great deal of explanation when discussing it with children and teens, so that they might better understand why it is so valuable to learn. Here are a few ways to talk to your children about healthcare reform in order to allow them to understand how it is important to them.




1) Discuss what healthcare reform is.


To many children and even teenagers the term healthcare reform means very little until the definition is explained and put in terms they can understand. For children you could perhaps use the explanation that healthcare is like a community first aid kit. Used before an individual gets sick, the first aid kit is there to offer routine check ups, cover injuries and sicknesses, and insure that much of the cost of such treatments is covered by the kit and doesn’t cost the user as much.


Healthcare reform is easier to explain as it is the changes in policy that would change how available that metaphorical first aid kit is to users and how often it can be used.




2) Explain to them how they benefit from healthcare reform.


Try reaching kids on a different level that they can understand. If healthcare reform did not exist then their family might one day not be able to benefit from the same kind of healthcare they signed up for years before. You can cite any number of reasons why this might happen, but keep it simple and easy to understand. For instance if your healthcare premiums go up, a trip to the doctor might become too expensive and thereby take money away from something important such as a family trip or something equally as desirable.




3) Avoid getting too technical.


One immutable fact about children is that they will lose interest in any subject quickly if they are unable to understand the context. This is why children’s programming on television is so effective, it focuses on quick and easy storylines and doesn’t challenge children to the point of losing their attention. In discussing why healthcare reform is important in their lives, always remember to speak on a level that children can understand.