In 2004, Jana and her husband Kyle were going to school full-time at Weber State University while working part-time. They were so excited when they found out they were expecting their first child! Uninsured when she got pregnant, Jana was thankful when she qualified for Medicaid.
When their son Tanner was born, he was life-flighted to Primary Children’s Medical Center with a serious heart condition. He stayed in the newborn intensive care unit for several days before he was ready to go home with his family. Following 8 months of weekly doctor visits and monthly specialist visits, Tanner was finally strong enough to undergo open heart surgery. Again, he stayed in the thoracic intensive care unit for several days and needed numerous follow-up visits from specialists and his regular doctor.
“All in all, we were only enrolled in Medicaid for less than a year, but I’m so grateful we had that coverage. The enormous cost of Tanner’s medical care would have bankrupted us and kept us from becoming the financial independent family we are today,” says Jana. Today Tanner is a healthy 4-year-old boy. The entire family is now insured through Kyle’s job with the IRS.