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Medicaid is Not a Dirty Word – Let’s Start Talking About It

Let’s face it – safety net programs like Medicaid, Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, and the medical expenses deduction have a bad rap. For decades we have heard myths about undeserving “welfare Moms” and able-bodied young adults who could work but rely on government subsidies instead. We have been told over and over again that these lazy, unethical people are taking advantage of the system and needlessly placing an undue tax burden on working middle class families.

As a result, millions of Americans who rely on these programs have been quiet about how their reliance on these programs and what their lives would be like without them. I was one of them.

My eleven year old daughter Claire has multiple and severe disabilities. She relies on services provided by Medicaid to get through each day and I rely on Medicaid to cover the significant costs that her private insurance does not cover for services that allow her stay healthy, live at home, attend school, and be a part of our community.


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