Medicaid Matters for Kids Month -- Dayson's Story

Throughout the month of March, Speak Now for Kids is celebrating Medicaid Matters for Kids Month with posts highlighting the importance of Medicaid in children’s access to health care.

Ortiz_Dayson_YaleNewHavenAPPROVED.jpgWe first had the pleasure of meeting Dayson, then just 4 years old, when he and his family attended Speak Now for Kids’ Family Advocacy Day in 2013. Even after spending the first 11 months of his life as a patient at Yale-New Haven Children’s Hospital because of pulmonary atresia, Dayson was a bundle of energy.

Since being in Washington, D.C., Dayson, now 6 years old, Dayson has made great strides with his health, including having had his tracheostomy tube removed. Because of this, Dayson is able to participate in activities like playing baseball.

Medicaid continues to make it possible for Dayson to see the numerous pediatric specialists that he needs for his respiratory and cardia concerns, as well as speech therapy. The complexity of his health care since birth requires comprehensive health insurance, which only Medicaid is able to provide.

“My son is a happy six year old little boy who was born with many complex medical issues. He has received continued treatment at YNHCH . We are so thankful that he is able to receive the care that he needs within our state, “ said Dayson’s mom. “He has gone from needing 23 hours of home nursing care and receiving speech and OT therapy three times a week to becoming an independent first grade student who loves to play baseball. I am confident that this has been possible because of the help of having excellent care at YNHCH and the continued support of the CT Medicaid program.”

Share you own story about how Medicaid has been an important lifeline to your children’s health care. Visit the Stories About Kids Health Care page today. 

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