Courtney B.

“Medicaid allowed our son to get the necessary care… Without Medicaid we would have been more of a burden to the government programs and likely would have claimed medical bankruptcy”

Jax was …in the NICU at the hospital because he was premature and his lungs were underdeveloped. He also had difficulty eating and was moved to sensitive formula while still in the NICU… our pediatrician asked us about Medicaid. She didn’t know all the details but helped us find the necessary information and it was their home medical advocate that helped us get Medicaid.

Medicaid allowed our son to get the necessary care, find the cause of his medical issues, and supplement the cost of our formula… The only formula that Jax could tolerate and where he began to thrive on was a specialty formula that is used for children that are tube fed. Jax was capable of eating, just not digesting or processing food. Therefore, insurance would not help cover the cost of the formula. When he was solely on formula it would have been well over $1200.00 a month just for formula. That is more than my entire monthly income. We still needed to feed the rest of our family, pay childcare, and bills. It was just not possible on my husband’s income. We are blessed with family that can help and we discussed selling our home again and moving back into the basement. Yet, because we could get Medicaid we were able to continue living in our 2-bedroom home. 

…The stigma of those on Medicaid in society tends to be that they are “living off the government” and that is not necessarily true. I have a Masters of Education and work in the public school system while my husband works full time or more as a General Manager. The costs that were occurred due to our son’s medical needs were out of the norm. Without Medicaid we would have been more of a burden to government programs and likely would have claimed medical bankruptcy. Instead, with short term assistance not only were we able to get the best medical help for our son, we were able to continue financial supporting our family and contributing to society and paying taxes.