Medicaid Matters for Kids Month -- Rebecca'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.

Rebecca_2.jpgWhen we met Rebecca during the 2012 Speak Now for Kids Family Advocacy Day, she was the only reported case of a rare chromosome abnormality. At just 7 years old she had been hospitalized at Yale-New Haven Children’s Hospital 16 times in a mere 22 months. During that time Rebecca had, among other procedures, a total of 50 MRI and CT Scans, three sets of ear tubes and a ventricular-peritoneal shunt.

Today, at the age of 10, Rebecca is still the spunky girl who brings laughter and joy to her family. In fact, she’s currently recovering from a recent major orthopedic surgery. Medicaid is important to Rebecca’s care as she has a long list of pediatric specialists that she sees on a regular basis, as well as ongoing therapies. While the family has private insurance, her therapies are not covered as a benefit. If Rebecca did not have Medicaid as a secondary insurer, she would not be able to receive so much of the medical care that is necessary for your complex and multiple diagnoses. Due to Rebecca’s chronic and complex needs the co-pays for necessities like doctor’s visits and medications would put the family in a dire financial situation.

“I don’t know what we would do without Medicaid – especially after this most recent hip surgery, “said Rebecca’s mom, Laura. “Physical therapy is key to her recovery and to the success of the surgery, and she would not be able to get that specialized therapy post-surgery if it were not for Medicaid.”

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