Medicaid Matters for Kids Mondays -- Maisy

 Every Monday for the rest of the year, Speak Now for Kids is celebrating Medicaid Matters for Kids Mondays with posts highlighting the importance of Medicaid in children’s access to health care. This week we revisit Maisy Martindale who represented Children’s Hospitals & Clinics of Minnesota at the 2015 Speak Now for Kids' Family Advocacy Day.

Maisy_2.jpgMaisy is a smart, beautiful 8-year-old. She is articulate and will win you over instantly with her outgoing personality, extraordinary imagination and dance moves.

But this wasn’t always the case. Maisy came to her adopted family when she was only 18-months-old. She was born with multiple medical complications and needed a ventilator to breathe. To date she has had over 33 surgeries including open heart surgeries, pacemaker placement and skull reconstructions.

“We know for certain that we could not have given Maisy the life she has today without her Medicaid coverage,” says mom Julie Martindale. “In fact, we would not have been able to adopt her out of the foster care system if we had to rely on our own resources and our private insurance to support her ongoing medical needs.”

Maisy and her family are advocates for Medicaid and child health. Not only did they represent Children’s Hospital Minnesota in Washington, DC at last year’s Speak Now for Kids Family Advocacy Day, but Maisy also chatted up hospital VIPs at CHA’s Annual Leadership conference. “Maisy’s story is a prime example of how Medicaid can be a game changer for many children out there just like her,” states Martindale.

Today Maisy shines brightly and loves life. She recently underwent a procedure to finally close up her gastrostomy site and is thrilled to no longer need a G-Tube. Maisy is an amazing second grader who dreams of one day becoming a doctor and following in the footsteps of the team of incredible doctors that have taken such good care of her.

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