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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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After her husband’s injury and job loss, their family was uninsured. But now, Elaine’s daughters are covered by Medicaid, and she’s grateful that they have health insurance – it gives them peace of mind that at least their daughters are covered, though they don’t have the same peace of mind for themselves.

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As a nurse, Jessica has seen how Medicaid has changed the lives of people across Louisiana.

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Debbie was the Economic Development Director of Patrick County and saw firsthand how difficult it was to recruit businesses to come into a community without a hospital. 

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Brayden is an active 11-year-old who lives with a mood disorder and ADHD. Thanks to Medicaid, he’s able to get the care and medications he needs to thrive.

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Lee was diagnosed with breast cancer when she was between jobs and didn’t know where to turn. Fortunately, she was eligible for Medicaid, and was able to get the treatment she needed.  

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As a pediatrician in rural Oklahoma, Dr. Effiong sees firsthand the importance of Medicaid not just for children, but for their parents, too. 

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Adrea is a mother, a small business owner and a full-time student. She doesn’t have access to health insurance and she worries about what an illness or injury could mean for her and her family.

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When Elias was 10 months old, he was diagnosed with meningitis and given a 50/50 chance of survival. Thanks to an emergency airlift and care paid for by Medicaid, Elias is now a healthy toddler.

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Matt is the CEO of CareSouth and sees the benefits of Medicaid expansion every day not just for his patients, but also for the economy.

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