US Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid

    Lessons From My Mother

    Posted May 8th, 2010 by

    The most important lesson my mother taught me was that by believing in myself I could handle anything.  The confidence she instilled in me has propelled me through my whole career and helped me through many personal and professional challenges.  On this Mothers’ Day, I salute the mothers of MomsRising who have been tireless advocates for Nevada’s mothers.
    Sen. Reid receives his MomsRising Superhero award

    I celebrated the passage of health insurance reform with Donna Norton and Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner when they visited me this past week. This new law is so important to Nevada families.  Many health insurance providers have extended parental coverage for adult children up to age 26 in advance of the mandatory change in September.  That is when insurers will no longer be permitted to use pre-existing condition exclusions for children.  The industry has already indicated its willingness to comply with providing coverage without regard to a child’s pre-existing condition.

    Health insurance reform will protect mothers from discrimination based on pre-existing conditions when it is fully implemented and insurers will not be allowed to discriminate based on gender or health status.  The new law will create more health insurance options for Nevada families, simplify the process of choosing insurance, and increase access to preventive care so that serious illness can be caught early and treated. My mother did not have access to care and we wouldn’t have been able to afford it anyway.  As a young man, the most memorable gift I gave my mother was a pair of dentures that cost $250.

    Last week I was able to talk by phone to a group of moms, including Kathleen Chrismer, who are part of the MomsRising blogging community.  I was so impressed with their strong advocacy for legislation to improve conditions for their families.  As the moms who joined me on the call know, I support efforts to make sure each member of the family gets paid according to the work they do instead of their gender, starting with the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act we passed last year and continuing with the Paycheck Fairness Act.

    I also support efforts to provide flexibility in the workplace that allows parents to perform their jobs while spending more time with their families.  Working moms shouldn’t have to choose between the jobs they need and the opportunity to share in their families’ lives.  I remember when I had the flexibility in my job to be the “Team Mom” for my son’s baseball team.  None of the other moms had the time to organize outings and snacks for practice, so as the only parent able to arrange my own schedule I became the “Team Mom.”

    I support legislation that is already addressing the challenges of workplace flexibility.  Senator Daniel Akaka (D-HI) is sponsoring a bill that would require executive agencies to establish a telework policy and Representative Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) is working on a House Bill that would allow employees to request changes in the terms of their work conditions without fear of being treated differently. I would like to see a Government Accountability Office study of workplace flexibility in federal agencies to see what costs and changes would be associated with increased flexibility policies, and how that would translate to the private sector. Modern families need the ability to request a work schedule that makes sense with modern technology.

    I know that many mothers are concerned about the safety of the food they feed their families, especially the Nevadans who have experienced the nightmare of severe food borne illness. The failings of the system that allow children like allow children like Kathleen’s daughter Rylee Gufstason <http://www.missrylee.blogspot.com/>, get sick need to be fixed.  That’s why I support the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act.  Unfortunately, politics is getting in the way of passing comprehensive food safety legislation. I encourage all mothers to write their congressional representatives, especially Republicans, to tell them how important passing a food safety bill is to your family. This is a bipartisan bill and I will work to make sure it is passed as soon as possible so that all mothers feel secure about the food they put on the table.

    Nevada moms are the best advocates for themselves and their families. I am always happy to work with them so I can put forth the best possible laws that help them work and care for their families. I wish all mothers a very happy Mothers’ Day, and extend my appreciation and respect for the work they do every day to raise the next generation of Nevada leaders.

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    6 Comments

    May 27, 2010 at 11:03 pm by yolanda

    HI, IM LOOKING FOR SOME HEALTHCARE FOR MY MOM. SHE IS BLIND IN ONE EYE AND CURRENTLY GOING BLIND IN THE ONE EYE SHE HAVE LEFT. I HAVE TRIED SO MANY INSURANCE COMPANIES TO GET HER INSURANCE BUT SHE IS TURNED DOWN BECAUSE PRE EXISTING CONDITION WITH HER EYES. THE STORY IS REALLY SAD BECAUSE SHE MOVED TO GEORGIA TO HELP ME, I’M WAITING ON A HEART TRANSPLANT BUT HER SIGHT IS SO BAD THAT I’M HELPING HER WITH EVERYTHING, I DONT MIND BECAUSE SHE’S MY MOM BUT IT’S SO HARD AND SAD THAT WE CAN’T GET ANY HELP WITH THIS. IF ANYONE KNOW AN INSURANCE COMPANY THAT WILL TAKE HER OR AN EYE DOCTOR THAT WILL DO HER SURGREY ON A PAYMENT PLAN PLEASE EMAIL ME.
    THANKS SO MUCH GOD BLESS YOU ALL

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    May 16, 2010 at 11:04 pm by Therese

    This is the most pathetic web site I have ever seen and I would really like to know how you obtained my e-mail address. As a mother, you should be more worried about how your children/grandchildren are going to pay for this massive government takeover…..why are you praising the fact that your “child” (at 26) can be covered by your insurance. Have you not read that it will cost you an extra $3500! That’s today’s estimate!

    Have you not seen the latest CBO estimate on what this is going to cost the American taxpayer? This is not going to reduce our deficit. How many states are going to go bankrupt trying to take care of the mandated new Meidcaid patients.

    Educate yourself.

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    May 15, 2010 at 4:30 pm by Emma

    You are a traitor to your country and the principles or freedom on which it was built. I am ashamed of you and the other members of congress who are so eager to push their own agenda that they ignore not only the constitutional rights but the voice of the people as well. You have shown yourself in many instances to be against the will of the people and the principles of a true Republic. May God be your judge. As we are both “LDS”, at least in name, we know there will come that day.

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    May 14, 2010 at 5:16 pm by Kenzi McKenney

    I want you to come back around 2014 after all of
    the healthcare reforms take place. Obamacare will
    only benefit the young and healthy. Anyone with
    a chronic ailment and older will suffer. Do you all have parents on Medicare; do some have cancer? Are they being treated? Enjoy it while
    it lasts and be prepared to become their care-
    giver. Wait until your health insurance bill
    comes. Do you think it will be lower. Everyone
    thinks it will be so great. When you are sitting in a docs office for hours waiting to be seen,
    tell me again how wonderful it is. You really
    need to read more.

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    May 8, 2010 at 4:26 pm by Amy Cross

    Sounds as though your mother taught you well to help those you know and don’t know–to want to buy her dentures and to pass legislation that helps families.

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    May 8, 2010 at 3:28 pm by Donna

    Thanks for all your work on behalf of kids and families Senator Reid!

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