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Needing Medicaid

Published May 19, 2013 5:27 pm

This is an archived article that was published on sltrib.com in 2013, and information in the article may be outdated. It is provided only for personal research purposes and may not be reprinted.

Medicaid provides health care for families and individuals with low income and resources. Many across the country wouldn't otherwise have health care.

Yet some say they don't want to pay for others' health care because people are too lazy to pay for it themselves. But Medicaid actually goes to those who really need it.

When he was a year old, my little brother was adopted by my parents through Utah Foster Care. He came with many drug-related problems due to his birth mother's addiction. In his six years, this has caused many health problems, including attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, sensory processing disorder and even symptoms of drug addition withdrawal.

Medicaid is a great blessing to our family. I may only be 17, but I know that without Medicaid my parents would be paying more than $200 a month for his prescriptions.

If Medicaid were cut, my family, and thousands of others who really need these benefits, would suffer. I support Medicaid.

Kaylee Russell

South Jordan