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I have been in graduate school for nearly a decade. I earned a MA in Clinical Psychology and I'm in the final stages of completing my PsyD. I worked PT and FT jobs doing contract work in the mental health field, typically working without any kind of insurance coverage for myself. I was able to pay for my own minimal medical needs. However, once I had my children, my income no longer proved to be sufficient. The options were to leave school, find other employment, and obtain other health insurance or continue with my dream to become a clinical psychologist and provide my daughters with medicaid coverage. I chose the latter. Without medicaid my daughters would not have had wellbaby check ups, dental visits, or annual medical care. My daughters have been covered by medicaid since they were born. They're happy and healthy; They are now 6 and 7 years old.
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