More Info: Grandparents & Seniors
We are not trying to panic grandparents into insisting that all their teenage grandchildren get blood tests for prediabetes—or that all teens talk to a psychotherapist.
(Though if a teen you care about has been very inactive for years, with quite unhealthy nutrition, a blood test might be a good idea…and the results could become an encouragement for improving health habits!)
(And if your teen has been feeling depressed for weeks on end…wouldn’t learning some ways to pull out of prolonged sadness be helpful for both the teen and the parent? Health education can help with that.)
School Can Help A Lot
What if health education helped students learn simple ways to manage their stress and helped them to avoid risky situations and substances?…
What if our kids had learned to better handle their use of social media and other typical teen social challenges?…
Since we have such a large percentage of young people at-risk, we need highly scalable, high quality, cost-effective, and practically implementable solutions.
(And they also need to be broadly accepted, with minimal controversy. And where there is potential controversy, schools need to provide parents with other choices: whether opting-out or opting-in or offering alternative content for particular topics in health education.).
We are trying to raise awareness and get action.
We are informing you, so that you can help us change things—to benefit all of our children and grandchildren.
Who Will Pay for Their Future Health Insurance, Taxes and Medical Costs?
And by the way, not to make you panic even more—but how will our grandchildren pay for their health costs, if most of them have chronic conditions from their teen years or their 20s or 30s?
Think about your own health, and how it has gotten worse with age. Our bodies wear down, we need more health advice, we have more prescriptions, etc etc.
Unless we take drastic action: There will be so many kids so unhealthy from such an early age…into the foreseeable future—with ever-higher health insurance premiums, and high fast-rising out-of-pocket deductibles, and a lifetime of chronic diseases.
Given how hard it has been for us to pay for our own health insurance, taxes and health care: How are future, unhealthier generations going to pay for their health-related expenses?
Medical bills are already by far the largest cause of family bankruptcies.
The feds heavily subsidize employer health insurance with hundreds of billions of dollars annually in tax write-offs, as well as paying for Medicare and Medicaid and Obamacare and veterans benefits etc.
State budgets used to have few health care costs—now medical expenditures are typically the 1st or 2nd biggest state expenditure.
States pick up as much as half of total Medicaid spending (called AHCCCS in Arizona), i.e., “free” health care for lower-income families. In other words, state taxpayers pay for much of the health costs for lower-income families that the federal government doesn’t pay for.
(And by the way, this also eats a big hole into what the state can afford to invest in K-12 education and other areas…)
State governments, which don’t have the option to go into debt, will have to cut what they pay. They will pay less to Medicaid health care providers (which will increase what people with private health insurance have to pay, in order to subsidize hospitals and doctors under-reimbursed by government health plans). And the government will also save money by decreasing access to state-funded health care, i.e., to AHCCCS.
And as cost pressures mount, both private and public plans & providers will reduce the quality of care—as we have seen for decades. (Just think of the traditional 30-60 minutes with the doctor, now often down to <15 minutes.)
Given all of that, we must for everyone’s sake do something major about current health trends among our younger generation.
Will you help?