Suzanne, Joplin

Suzanne lives in Joplin and has struggled with health issues her entire life. She was born 6 months premature, was not strong enough to receive vaccinations, and suffered from measles, mumps, and chicken pox. Suzanne grew up, worked for 18 years, married, had 2 kids and then divorced. After her divorce, her health took a drastic blow. She was diagnosed with diabetes, was showing signs of schizophrenia, and had no way to get the help she needed. Luckily, she qualified for Medicaid at a time when she needed it the most. Medicaid has helped her pay for diabetic supplies, therapy for her mental health needs, and dental care. Suzanne is grateful for the health care services she has received through Medicaid. “Without Medicaid, I would not be able to function. I do so now with help,” says Suzanne. She is employed and an active member and facilitator of Joplin NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness). With the medical services she receives through Medicaid, Suzanne has made the road to recovery a reality.