Krista B.

“Without Medicaid, our son’s disease would be breaking our family. Instead, we can pull together and help him and each other, because Medicaid helps us.”

When our second son was born with a genetic disease that required hundreds of doctor visits, expensive tests, stays in the hospital, even an emergency helicopter transport, Medicaid made all the difference in allowing us to receive that care our son so urgently needed without having to destroy our lives trying to pay for it. It has given us such peace of mind to know that we can get our son the help he needs and still be able to pay our rent and provide food for our children. It has also allowed us to get our son the therapies he needs to improve his cognition and learning. We have not had to make the difficult choices between what help we can afford to get our son and what help he just doesn’t get to receive because we can’t pay for it.

Our children can thrive because we don’t have to skimp on either their health care or our basic needs. Medicaid is the tool that makes our son’s condition bearable. We can help him without giving up everything else. My husband has a normal entry level full time job, starting his career after college just this year. He doesn’t make a lot right now, but he works hard for his company. I stay home to care for our two children. We try to live frugally and not go into debt. We prioritize the important things like family and community. But without Medicaid, we’d be floundering in debt. We wouldn’t be able to spend time together as a family as we would have to work more jobs to pay for our needs. Without Medicaid, our son’s disease would be breaking our family. Instead, we can pull together and help him and each other, because Medicaid helps us.