I am a graduate student, supporting a family of four on a teaching assistantship that pays less than $20,000 a year, along with student loans. Paying the premiums to put my husband and children on my student health insurance plan would cost more than a third of my salary. Without Medicaid coverage for my children, we would have had to choose between risking Rhyn's life by not taking her to the hospital, or potentially having to quit school or go bankrupt and lose our house and our investment in my education.
When my daughter Rhyn was 10 months old, she became very ill with RSV. She stopped eating, became dehydrated, and had trouble breathing. Because she was covered by Arizona's Medicaid program, we were able to admit her to the hospital for a few days and she recovered completely. She is now a happy, healthy two-year-old with no lasting effects from her illness.