Faces of Medicaid At a Glance About the Bill Who Supports Medicaid? Everyday Stories Faces of Medicaid Medicaid reform and expansion will help nearly 42,000 of our fellow Alaskans receive the healthcare they need on order to work and take care of their families. Here you will find just some of the stories of your fellow Alaskans who will benefit from Medicaid expansion. Nicole Windham, 27 Juneau “I was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis at age 17. At one point I was working for the State of Alaska Public Assistance office, but I couldn’t handle sitting for long hours and missed a lot of work due to my weakened immune system. Now I live with my mother. I’m not currently eligible for Medicaid, and I don’t make enough to qualify for federal subsidies, so now my mother pays my health insurance. But even the insurance I have doesn’t cover the cost of the necessary prescriptions I take. I’ve spent what little savings I had, and even cashed out my state retirement. Medicaid expansion would certainly help me. It would have saved us a bunch of money, and it would help us feel more secure about the future. Thank God for my mom. Please pass the governor’s Medicaid reform and expansion bill. It’s the right thing to do.” Eligibility for Medicaid is determined by income at the time of application Donna Giles, 54 Anchorage “I have high blood pressure, arthritis and nerve damage. I can’t even wear shoes because my feet are so swollen. I used to work at Head Start and at a day care center. Between those jobs and raising my children, taking in five foster children, and caring for my late father, I worked for at least 25 or 30 years. “I live with my 74-year-old mother now. My arthritis is really bad. I need four prescriptions a month, but can only afford three. I need to see a neurologist and rheumatologist, but can’t afford to. I’ve worked with Access Alaska, but they can’t cover everything. “Medicaid expansion would help me. It would mean the world to me. I would be able to see a rheumatologist, which would be wonderful.” Eligibility for Medicaid is determined by income at the time of application Richard Rossow, 46 Fairbanks “I had a stroke in June and had to rely on family and friends. “I was racking up medical bills; now $20,000-$30,000 in the hole. A doctor would prescribe me a medicine and I’d go to a pharmacist and they’d tell me it was $500, $700 cash. Even if I was working I couldn’t afford it. “I can’t stress enough how frustrating it is to not be able to get assistance. I’d hear, ‘Oh, you make less than $15,000? There’s nothing for you except food stamps.’ If I didn’t have friends and family, I would’ve been homeless, no doubt. “I’m working again now and plan to buy insurance on the health insurance marketplace.” Eligibility for Medicaid is determined by income at the time of application AARP on Medicaid Expansion from AlaskaDHSS on Vimeo.