Faces of Medicaid


Millions of Americans rely on Medicaid to live with dignity. They, along with millions of other people with disabilities, will be harmed by the Senate’s Tax Cuts and Jobs Act that cuts the revenue necessary to fund Medicaid. This isn’t about data and numbers, it’s about the lives of real people. See some of their stories below. We hope it will inspire you to take action. You can submit your own story here.

.@SenBobCasey @SenToomey parents like me are fighting to #SaveMedicaid for kids w/disabilities. Our kids matter! Show us u agree & vote no!
#MondayMotivation my girl is my motivation every day to #SaveMedicaid #SaveACA @SenToomey @SenBobCasey @SenatorCollins @lisamurkowski
@senrobportman remember Troy and PWD when voting on #GrahamCasiddy #savemedicaid #NoCutsNoCaps
Our family is asking @SenatorIsakson & @sendavidperdue to please #VoteNoGrahamCassidy healthcare bill. #SaveMedicaid #NoCapsNoCuts ❌👍🇺🇸😊
@brianschatz @michellehart99 This child will lose coverage if it passes! #SaveACA #SaveMedicaid #Medicaid
They're home for the weekend, so have you reached out to your Senators yet on #GrahamCassidy? Help us #SaveMedicaid:
.@SenatorCollins @lisamurkowski @SenToomey @SenBobCasey @RandPaul this is the face of Medicaid. My baby girl. #saveACA #SaveMedicaid
Please watch @NBCNightlyNews this week to see my #healthcare story. I'm still fighting to #savemedicaid. #medicaidmatters #aca @SenBobCasey
.@SenatorCollins and @lisamurkowski, please stick to your guns and vote no! My daughter's life depends on it. #IAMTSC #PKD #SaveMedicaid
Phil wants to ride with his friends in the community..so #savemedicaid @AndyAUCD @AUCDNews @kmusheno @MgmAUCD
As a Mainer w/ a mom w/ Alz on Medicaid we rely on @SenatorCollins to stand firm on health care. Thank you for your courage! #savemedicaid
Lilly is 6 she has a genetic disorder autism and ADHD. She is on SSI and uses Medicaid to get healthcare. #savemedicaid #Healthcare #Autism
.@SenatorCollins meet Brady. He depends on Medicaid. Please stand strong 4him. #nonverbal #autistic #JustSayNo #NoCutsNoCaps #SaveMedicaid
.@lisamurkowski meet Brady. He depends on Medicaid. We r counting on u to once again stand strong. #Nonverbal #NoCutsNoCaps #SaveMedicaid
.@RandPaul meet Brady. He depends on Medicaid. Please stand strong 4him. #nonverbal #autistic #JustSayNo #NoCutsNoCaps #SaveMedicaid
When your child pulls out their life saving feeding tube u run for help. I don’t have to wonder can I afford it! #SaveACA #SaveMedicaid
@SenJohnMcCain This cancer family Thanks you! Preexisting conditions are People!#NoGrahamCassidy #HealthcareforAll #protectourcare
@SenCapito For the sake of my child with a disability and all others, vote NO on Graham-Cassidy healthcare repeal! #SaveMedicaid
@jimmykimmel @JimmyKimmelLive we thank you for not being quiet! I can’t be quiet either, she is the reason! #SaveMedicaid
My daughter’s autistic and needs services that are already hard to get. She deserves health care! #SaveACA #SaveMedicaid
.@lisamurkowski meet Brady. He depends on Medicaid. We r counting on u to once again stand strong. #Nonverbal #NoCutsNoCaps #SaveMedicaid
@SenJohnMcCain thank you for supporting those w/ #disabilities. We need bipartisan #healthcare reform! #SaveMedicaid #GodBlessAmerica 🇺🇸💛👍😃
"When you can get support…across the spectrum, it’s just better legislation.” - @lisamurkowski: Please stand with us too. #savemedicaid
@SenCapito Please follow Sen McCain's lead and end the madness. My daughter is relying on you. #Downsyndrome #SaveMedicaid #GrahamCassidy
Sandra Dickey Phillips
My name is Shawn Phillips and I am 36 years old. I have a fulfilling and happy life. This life is brought to me by Medicaid Waiver. If I did not have this program, my Mom would not be able to work and my life would be unfulfilled. I am lucky to have waiver, there are many on the wait list who do not. It took two medical crisis to get it after being on the wait list 6-8 years. Please don't take this away from me. Please help others get the same quality of life that I have.
Summer Reece
My students will have no teacher. My bipolar, pregnant daughter will hurt herself my grandchild. Please, do not touch Medicaid.
Visiting @SenThomTillis on behalf of @Nataliew1020. Please protect #sweetsophia and all the medically complex kids in NC #SaveMedicaid
My son is not a #preexistingcondition #savemedicaid #OpposeGrahamCassidy #Downsyndrome #noGrahamCassidy #CareNotCuts
@aliranger29 Here's my son He's had #openheartsurgery+#leukemia #Healthcare for ppl w/ #disabilities=Medicaid #SaveMedicaid #NOGrahamCassidy
@senrobportman My son has Pre existing conditions, many medical needs, & will require lifetime care. He is a sweet 4 yr old. #SaveMedicaid
@senrobportman #savemedicaid One already must wait on a years-long waitlist to get a waiver in OH. Mdcd needs more resources, not less.
Don't just think about it, CALL these Senators today to #SaveMedicaid! ❤♿❤ 2022246472 2022246665 2022242523 2022245941 2022244521 2022242235
@benwikler @LittleLobbyists @aliranger29 @Nataliew1020 4/ we are at the point of begging our senators to let her have a life, to let her be a child #ProtectOurCare #SaveMedicaid
Concerned about the #GrahamCassidy bill? Share your family's story here: GCHcomments@finance.senate.gov Every story matters. #SaveMedicaid
One more time... #SaveMedicaid
These two could be denied health insurance bc of pre-existing conditions. Call your Senators! #NoCutsNoCaps #SaveMedicaid #GrahamCassidyBill
@ananavarro Plz talk to your friend @SenJohnMcCain to #ProtectOurCare & #SAVEMEDICAID for kids like my son w #T1D. I admire ur conviction.
@SenJohnMcCain this my daughter. She is autistic. Medicaid pays for many of her services. Pls vote no on Cassidy-Graham bill. #SaveMedicaid
I made the call. Please do the same. #SaveACA #savemedicaid. These Repugs are deplorable.
Jeri Hinrichs
I am writing you on several different fronts. I have been involved in healthcare/medicaid as a consumer and as a mental heath care provider. I have had Medicaid for my family and I have had private and company provided insurance. I have seen and experienced the insurance market from several different positions. My family had our own healthcare policies in late 1980 & in to late 1990s as my husband was a self-employed farmer. My second daughter was born with ear infection. When we went to get a health insurance policy on her--we were told that a rider would be put on her ears--in a nutshell--no office visits, ER visits or surgeries done for my daughter's ears would be covered for 1 year. After the first year and several months, our health insurance premium tripled. We were forced to look at different insurance companies. However when we changed companies to get a more affordable premium and deductibles(which were high) a rider was once again put on my daughter's ears. That is just not acceptable and I do not want to go back to those times. In the first year of my daughter's life due to her having jaundice, a major surgery on her head, tear duct probed and my having my appendix out--we paid out of pocket over 12,000. That was financial devastating and took years to pay off. Whenever we had to look at new policies, I never stated I want 10 different options. Our insurance agent would pick 2 or 3--show us the premiums and deductibles and explain some what the policy covered. I DO NOT NEED 10 or 12 options. All I need is a policy that has a affordable deductible and premium, covered doctor visits, ER, surgery and any life alternating procedures. I have all of those pamphlets still in my desk. I did not read them, I put them up for safe keeping. When a medical emergency came up, I called my insurance company to see what would be covered. So the Republicans need to say I need choice is a crock. For 18 years, I worked as a teacher. My school district offered BCBS and my family was covered. The premiums and deductibles went up over the years and I was only offered the one policy--which was fine by me. When I was cut down to part time when the federal government cut the Title I funding at the school I worked, my children were on medicaid as we could only afford to pay the premium on me through the school. My husband had to have his own private policy again with huge premiums and deductibles. I am now a mental health provider in rural Nebraska. Rural hospitals and healthcare providers count on Medicaid to get health care to rural Nebraskans. I once again have to carry my own health insurance and am SCARED BEYOND BELIEF at this thought. I still have two children at home and I need to have them covered, as well as, my self. I am now 51 and now am in the category of 91% of people 50 to 65 year old having prep-existing conditions. I do not want to go back to high risk death pools and paying more for pre-existing bulging disc and the care I need to keep the pain under control. As a private clinic, a majority of my clients are enrolled in Medicaid. Many of these clients have SPMI--severely & persistent mental health issues. They would not receive mental health therapy or medications without the Medicaid program. During my internship in mental health, I worked with several veterans who had Medicaid and were able to not have to live in a nursing home because of the services they received through the Medicaid program. I also work with several children with developmental delays and they are able to attend therapy and take part in community treatment aid and community treatment support programs that support the family as a whole--that are covered under the Medicaid program. I do not understand why senators would be wanting to push a bill that Multiple Medical organizations have come out against and that would blow up our health insurance programs. The CBO will not be able to adequately score the bill before the needed vote. What happened to procedures and policies in the Senate? What happened to working across the aisle? Two different bipartisan groups of senators are trying to work on a bill for ALL AMERICANS--please let them do so. But then how will senators give the wealthiest people a tax cut if they do not cut Medicaid?