Rose, St. Louis

Rose has two young children and has been on Medicaid since she was pregnant with her twins. Rose had a high-risk pregnancy and was admitted to the hospital when she was just four and a half months pregnant. Doctors induced her labor and her twins were born two weeks later. Her daughter was born with a hole in her brain and heart and was hospitalized for 4 months. Her son also required hospitalization. Medicaid covered all of the twins’ surgeries, treatments, and medications. It gave them the care they needed to stay alive. Now two years old, Rose’s children still require medical care. They see occupational and speech therapists, take medications, and still need to see their doctor regularly, but they are survivors. Rose says it is all worth it. “I thank God for Medicaid because it has given my babies a chance to live.”