A.L. is a 53 year old mother of three who lives in St. Louis County. Although she has coverage now, there have been times in her life when she has been without insurance. Seventeen years ago, she found herself in a high risk pregnancy and without insurance. Fortunately, she was temporarily eligible for Medicaid because of her status as a pregnant woman. When reflecting on this pregnancy, A.L. commented,
“If it wasn’t for Medicaid, I’m not sure my daughter would be alive today.”
Later in her life, one of her children needed medical treatment for a serious chronic illness, which included medication that would cost $800 a month. Again, she was fortunate enough to get her son the treatment he needed through Medicaid. Her family would not have been able to afford his medication otherwise. A.L. supports Medicaid expansion whole-heatedly, because she has personally seen ways in which Medicaid can be the difference between life or death.