Mississippi Representative Jeffrey Guice made headlines a few days ago. Unfortunately, it was the sort of publicity most politicians would pay to avoid. As the Inquisitr explained, Nicole Nichols, whose 8-year-old daughter Bella has Type 1 diabetes, contacted state legislators to try to get her daughter the help she needs. Rep. Guice (R-Ocean Springs) publicly and tactlessly suggested that Mrs. Nichols pay for Bella's medical "supplies with money that you earn."
"I am sorry about your problem. Have you thought about buying the supplies with the money that you earn?"
Rep. Guice was unaware of the costs of insulin and other medical supplies, and did not bother to research the matter before responding to Nicole Nichols, whose daughter and husband both have diabetes. Guice is a member of the Mississippi House Public Health and Human Services committee, so it should not have been overly difficult for him to acquire that data. Mrs. Nichols pointed out that the cost of her daughter's medical supplies are higher than her monthly mortgage payment.
"Many parents, myself included, have found that while supplies are deemed necessary and technically covered by insurance, we cannot get Medicaid and/or CHIPS (Children's Health Insurance Program) to pay for them, and suppliers aren't able to help us."