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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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Jeanette was the CEO of Pioneer Community Hospital until it closed in 2017. One of the reasons for the closure was the high rate of uncompensated care at the time: there were many patients who didn’t have insurance, which meant the hospital didn’t get reimbursed for their services. 

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When Lynda had a stroke, she moved from Illinois back to her hometown in Kansas because she needed family to help her with her daily needs. Since Kansas has not expanded its Medicaid program, the move meant that Lynda lost the Medicaid coverage she had in Illinois and is left without access to health care in Kansas.

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Colleen suffered with progressive numbness and pain in her legs for years because she was uninsured and unable to access health care; eventually losing her job because of her condition. But when Louisiana expanded its Medicaid program, Colleen was able to finally get health coverage. Her new coverage was critical as soon after enrolling in Medicaid she was diagnosed with endometrial cancer. 
 

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Shana became a nurse midwife to help women get the care they need. Although many of her patients are eligible for Medicaid while they are pregnant, they do not qualify before or after pregnancy.

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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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As the head social worker at a senior care center partially funded by Medicaid, Aleta sees first-hand the importance of the program, and what good health care can do for our elderly population.

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LaTonya was just 28 years old when she was diagnosed with Stage II breast cancer. As a nursing student, Medicaid was there for her to get her through her treatments.

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Dr. Cole is the head of the Patrick County Family Practice, the only family practice in the county. He has begun to see how Medicaid expansion, which was enacted in Virginia in January 2019, will positively impact his community.

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Jeanna lives in a small town in central Kansas. Even though she works multiple jobs, she is left uninsured.

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