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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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Joshua is a full-time student holding a full-time job, but as a 19-year-old in Mississippi who makes less than the poverty line, he does not have access to health insurance. When he realized that a mole on his head had grown considerably, he didn’t have the coverage he needed to see a specialist. 

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Jennifer was getting ready to re-enter the work force after raising four children and she was looking forward to gaining access to health insurance for the first time in years. But COVID-19 forced her to change her plans. Now, she has found a concerning lump, but doesn’t have the coverage she needs to get it looked at. 

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Gail was in remission from her second occurrence of cancer when she lost Medicaid health insurance. For months, Gail was unable to get the medication she needed to keep her cancer at bay, and when her coverage was finally reinstated, her cancer had come back.

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Laurin and Nick were able to start their own business in part because they knew that their children would still be able to have health insurance through Medicaid. While they struggle to find affordable health insurance options, they are grateful that their children have the coverage they need.

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When Laura was 10 weeks pregnant, she felt a lump in her breast. Because of Medicaid, she was able to have a healthy pregnancy and get the treatment she needed, and she is now cancer free. 

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Khaniya had just graduated college and was looking for a job when she learned she had pre-cancerous cells. Uninsured at the time, Khaniya didn’t know how she would be able to pay for the care she needed – until she found out she qualified for Medicaid.

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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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Santana works full time but makes too much money for Medicaid and not enough to afford private insurance, which leaves her without access to health care coverage. She worries what would happen if her type II diabetes got out of control.

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Dr. Carter is the only physician serving his hometown of 850 residents. Some of his patients do not have access to health insurance and this means they’re not getting the preventive care they need to stay healthy and avoid worsening chronic conditions.

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