Shanette is 43 years old and lives in St. Louis County. She has 4 children and 4 grandchildren. Her two youngest sons are 11 and 6 years old. Kayden, her six-year-old, was born prematurely. After Kayden’s birth, Shanette contracted a severe infection. Both Shanette and Kayden were in intensive care for one month. Because of the care they received, they stabilized and Shanette was able to walk out of the hospital with a healthy baby boy.
Luckily, both Shanette and Kayden were covered through Medicaid and able to have the lifesaving care they needed. Today, the family relies on Medicaid for their health needs. Both Kayden and his 11-year-old brother have severe asthma and require medications and breathing treatments. Shanette has high blood pressure and mental health conditions and needs medications to stay stable and healthy to take care of her young sons. “My children are my world and it’s a blessing they have health insurance. I’m so thankful for Medicaid.”