Amanda is married with two children. She's supervisor of a driver's license office and an administrative law judge, she recently bought her first home. But if you had met Amanda a couple years ago, you would have hardly recognized her!
Pregnant with her first child and living at the poverty level, Amanda found herself in an abusive relationship that often left her homeless. But for one year, between 2004 and 2005, Amanda was able to rely on our state's health care safety net - Medicaid.
Had her healthcare needs not been covered, she most likely would have not been able to carry her son to term. Her high risk pregnancy required her to see a neonatologist every month and undergo a fetal non-stress test weekly. Even so, her son was born with gastroschisis, a serious congenital defect in which the intestines develop outside the fetal abdomen. He stayed at Primary Children's Hospital for the first 5 months of life.
"Without my son in my life I never would have applied myself and straightened my life out. And without Medicaid I would have let the doctor terminate the pregnancy because I had no means to pay for it. I am grateful to have had Medicaid to get me through that vulnerable time of my life," says Amanda. "It made all the difference."