The New Children's Health Plan Is Videogames?
from the well,-that's-one-way dept
theodp writes “Remember how Catbert once declared ‘The new company health plan is Google’? Well, for some kids, the new health plan may be videogames. While health insurer Humana has opted out of ‘child-only’ health insurance coverage to skirt around requirements of President Obama’s health reform, uninsurable children with pre-existing conditions are still presumably welcome to use Trainer, the Humana-bankrolled-and-branded videogame that took home $20,000 last month as the Grand Prize winner in First Lady Michelle Obama’s Apps for Healthy Kids Competition. Over at the USDA site, Humana is praised for having ‘generously provided a gift to fund the development of the [Trainer] game…that will help children and their families live healthier, happier lives. No child is alone on the road to better health.'”
There is, of course, nothing wrong in general with using video games as one part of helping kids stay healthy, but it does seem especially sleazy to do this while pulling child-only health insurance.