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Medicaid is a vital health insurance program for America’s families. It allows children to reach their fullest potential, adults to get and stay healthy enough to work and be part of their community, and seniors and people with disabilities to get the care that can help them stay at home. Medicaid can be life-changing and lifesaving.

Meet some of the Americans for whom Medicaid has made a huge difference, as well as people who could benefit but are currently unable to gain access to coverage from Medicaid.

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EmmaLynn was diagnosed with cerebral palsy when she was 15 months old. But because of Medicaid, she was able to get a surgery that has helped her begin to walk.

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Gwyneth is 18 and ambitious: as the valedictorian of her class, after undergrad, she plans to go to Johns Hopkins to study neuroscience. She is grateful that Medicaid has allowed her to stay healthy so she can continue to succeed in school.

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Gloria struggled with several health issues, and before Virginia expanded Medicaid, she had to go to the hospital frequently. But when she gained insurance coverage through Medicaid, she was able to access the care she needed to keep her chronic conditions under control and to stay out of the hospital.  

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Wendy works full-time at a restaurant, but her job doesn’t offer health insurance. Because Louisiana expanded Medicaid, Wendy is still able to get the medications she needs to continue to work and be a good mom. 

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Johnnie and Kathleen care for their two young children, one of whom has severe developmental disabilities. While their kids are covered by Medicaid, they are both uninsured, and worry about their health.

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Leslie and her husband are the parents to seven children including three adopted daughters. They both work but would be unable to provide their children the care they need without the help of Medicaid. 

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When Terese’s baby was born three months early, she was so grateful the Medicaid covered not only her newborn son, but also paid for her transportation to and from the hospital every day.

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Laura’s son, River, was born with microphthalmia, a developmental disorder affecting the eyes. Access to Medicaid has allowed River to get the care he needs to help him make progress.

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When Marlena’s heart began to fail, she knew she needed help. Fortunately, Marlena was eligible for Medicaid and was able to access the care she needed to save her life.

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