Never in my mind did I imagine a life in which I was the mother of a child dependent on Iowa Medicaid. Now that we have a child with cancer, I can't imagine how people live without it. When we first applied for Iowa #Medicaid we were denied because we make 'too much' money. Believe me, that threshold is far too low.
Not sure how the math is done, because our bills would have exceeded our income in a short few months.
This treatment has exceeded HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS.
Luckily (well not really lucky...) we found a branch of Medicaid for kids that are considered disabled. Special Needs Mediciad is for kids that will be treated for over a year for something that would not allow a normal quality of life, or would reault in death, if untreated.
I know with insurance we would not pay all of those HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS of dollars but even our share would be too much. Especially when insurance can deny something at anytime, leaving parents with the unreasonable choice of what bills to pay because there will be no denying treatment.
We are beyond thankful for Iowa Medicaid. We have literally paid not a penny for treatment since being accepted.
Medicaid has not only given us financial stability, it has freed up our minds. Released the stress from burdens of bills and allowed us to solely focus on loving and caring for our Yanno.
If you see a family on Medicaid, don't judge. In order for us to keep Yanno's Medicaid, we HAVE to have him on a primary insurance. In order to have primary insurance, Mark has to put in a certain amount of hours a month. Not enough hours, and no hours banked, no primary insurance, and then no Medicaid.
See how that works, Mark misses almost every treatment because he has to work to keep our insurance. So don't assume Medicaid recipients are lazy, because in our case it is quite the opposite and Mark is working his butt off to provide for our family.
Thank you thank you thank you Iowa Medicaid for taking care of our big buddy Sebastiano!