Alaska - Medicaid was a gift to our family

Alaska - Medicaid was a gift to our family

A “share your story” submission - Alaska

aalaska-nicu-babyWhen my son was born, he was 10 weeks early and needed immediate delivery to survive. It was 23 years ago and he developed some severe complications. He was very tiny and was in the neonatal intensive care unit for three months.

Then, after discharge, he needed a special apnea monitor to make sure he was breathing. Even with all of our efforts to keep him well, there were many doctor appointments and frequent re-hospitalizations. 

My husband’s salary and insurance could not begin to cover the medical bills. Medicaid stepped in to help with costs. We were and are so grateful that we could focus on helping our son grow without worry.

Today, he is thriving and ready to graduate college as a teacher … all because of our love, excellent health care, and the gift of Medicaid.

Medicaid matters.

Medicaid is the largest health coverage program in the United States and is designed to support the health needs of nearly all people with low incomes.
90 percent of Americans think Medicaid is important to our health care system and the benefits reach far and wide. That is, once they understand it.
Working people with Medicaid coverage
Americans overwhelmingly support Medicaid, according to a national study by Providence St. Joseph Health. The new study provides valuable insights as lawmakers consider the future of Medicaid.