Medicaid Covers US is a public education project to build on the conversation about Medicaid and the role it plays in the health and well-being of our families, friends and communities. Read the stories of Mississippians below.
Tim was working in construction when he noticed sores on his foot, but he didn’t have health insurance to treat it. Years later, he found out that the sores were diabetic ulcers and he needed to have his leg amputated.
Shane is the President and CEO of North Mississippi Health Services, the largest rural hospital system in the country. He wants to ensure his patients have access to the care they need, and knows that Medicaid expansion would play a huge role in that.
Dr. Pace is a retired gastroenterologist and a colon cancer survivor. He knows first-hand the importance of early cancer diagnosis, and knows that expanding Medicaid in Mississippi would allow more people to have access to life-saving screenings.
Ormella is the Chief Strategy Officer for North Mississippi Health Services, and too often sees patients come through their doors who have not had the opportunity to get preventive services because they don’t have access to health insurance.
Angel is the CEO of Coastal Family Health Center located in Biloxi, MS. Angel understands firsthand how important having access to Medicaid is and knows that expanding access to Medicaid will benefit those her community health center serves.
Susan: Biloxi, MS
Susan is unable to access the care she needs because she doesn’t have access to health insurance and does not qualify for Medicaid. If Mississippi were to expand Medicaid, Susan would be able to receive the treatment she needs.
Terrence: Mound Bayou, MS
Terrence is the Chief Executive Officer of the Delta Health Center located in Mound Bayou, MS. He sees Medicaid expansion as a way to help his community health center grow to serve more needs of the community his community health center serves.
Stories from Tupelo
Hear Shane, Lauren and Tim share their stories in this compilation video from Tupelo.
Dena was diagnosed with stage II colon cancer years after she first experienced symptoms. But because she hadn’t had access to health insurance, she couldn’t afford to visit the doctor earlier for a screening.