Medicaid Matters for Kids Month -- Antonio'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.

AntonioReider_CHA_Fb_Feb._2015_2_.jpgAntonio first came to our attention as a participant of Speak Now for Kids’ Family Advocacy Day. When he was only 6, Antonio was diagnosed with severe aplastic anemia, a condition where his immune system attacks his bone marrow. Antonio immediately began intensive immune suppression treatment. Over the next few months, his blood counts only improved slightly, and it was clear the family needed to start preparations for a bone marrow transplant.

Thanks to the experts at Children's Hospital of Wisconsin Blood and Marrow Transplant Program, Antonio received the life-saving treatment he needed. After 90 days in the hospital, and two umbilical cord blood transplants, he was able to go home with a new chance at life. Even though Antonio’s health is great, the Rieder family recognizes how important Medicaid is in providing access to high-quality pediatric care.

Once enacted, the ACE Kids Act will allow health care providers to form care networks that cross state lines to assure children are able to visit the right provider at the right time, regardless of where the child lives or where the provider works. Ask your U.S. Senators and Representative to cosponsor the ACE Kids Act now.

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