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Brain injury patient went to Capitol Hill to urge Congress to safeguard Medicaid

North Brunswick resident Khalil Pereira, 22, was in a car accident while driving home from college and suffered a severe traumatic brain injury. He was 18 years old at the time and in his first year of college.

He spent weeks in intensive care and another six months at Children’s Specialized Hospital’s acute inpatient rehabilitation facility in New Brunswick, learning to walk, talk, eat, breathe on his own, and regain control of his body. He relied on Medicaid to cover cranioplasty surgery, neurosurgeon visits, outpatient therapies, transportation and other care vital to his recovery.


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