Judy Dungan

director of policy and advocacy

Missouri Children’s Leadership Council

Wildwood, Mo.

Representative Noel Torpey, (District 29-Independence) should be recognized for his work during the recently concluded legislative session to assure that children have access to needed health care.

Rep. Torpey introduced legislation and worked hard to make sure that children eligible for health insurance, but currently subject to a six-month waiting period, will no longer have to wait before they are fully insured. Because of Rep. Torpey, children won’t have to wait to see a doctor, will receive timely care for their chronic conditions, and won’t be visiting the emergency room for their health care.

Under current law, children are the only ones who have to wait to be insured. Rep. Torpey has changed that law and children will be healthier because he did.