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In August of 2018, Khaniya had just graduated from college with a degree in healthcare management and was looking for a job. She went to the health department to get her routine pap smear screening and was shocked and scared when it came back abnormal.
She was immediately connected to follow-up care and was determined to have lesions and pre-cancerous cells. Khaniya was uninsured and didn’t know how she was going to pay for the care she needed to prevent this condition from progressing to cervical cancer. But the health department helped her apply for the Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection program, and Khaniya was approved for Medicaid.
Because of Medicaid, she was able to get the surgery she needed. “Thanks to Medicaid,” she said, “I am officially cancer-free.”
Khaniya is now working and has plans to become a midwife and study epidemiology for women and children. “If I didn’t have this program, I would not have had my procedure,” she said. “I think it would have made it very hard for me to become a midwife if I wasn’t covered.”