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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.

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Pam and Rusty live in rural Alabama. They rely on their local hospital, which is 10 minutes away, and don’t know what would happen if they had an accident and their hospital wasn’t there.

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As the executive director of the Greene County Industrial Development Authority, Phillis helps attract new and retain existing businesses to the community. But she is worried about what would happen to the town if their hospital were to close.

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The Greene County Hospital is in a rural part of Alabama. The hospital is suffering and running a deficit of about $100,000 per month, in part because the state chose to not expand its Medicaid program. Dr. Pugh is the hospital administrator and John is the chair of the hospital board, and they are passionate about helping the hospital stay viable.

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Emma is a farmer who loves her job. But the small farm where she works doesn’t offer health insurance and Emma doesn’t qualify for Medicaid. This leaves her without access to insurance in a field of work that can be dangerous, especially given her medical history.

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Richard and his wife served as therapeutic foster care parents for many years and have dedicated their lives to helping children. Richard does not have access to health insurance, which means if something happens, he might have to make a very difficult decision.

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Adrienne is a mom who works full time but doesn’t have access to health insurance. With a family history of cancer, Adrienne fears what might happen if she gets the same diagnosis as her sister, who passed away, in part, because she also did not have access to health insurance.

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Dr. Johnson is the Chief Medical Officer at a Managed Care Organization for Medicaid. Since Virginia expanded its Medicaid program, he has seen more patients gain access to care than ever before.

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Mercie and her family had private insurance until she had to cut back on her hours to take care of her elderly parents. Fortunately, Medicaid was there for her and her family when they needed it.

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Dr. Stewart is a pediatrician who sees the value of Medicaid not only for his patients, but also for his two adopted sons.

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