Stories from Washington


Medicaid’s role in the opioid epidemic

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Ryan Keay, M.D. explains how Medicaid helps those with opioid dependencies get treatment ...

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Medicaid supports renewal after brain injury

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When Greg was 17, he and his girlfriend went swimming in a lake on a hot July afternoon. Together they swam far out in the lake, relishing the cool water. They did not realize it was too far for Greg ...

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Medicaid is a ‘godsend’

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Margot is all about doing for others. Before she became ill, she volunteered at a local food bank, cooked Thanksgiving meals for seniors in need and helped at her church ...

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There is no way I could afford cancer treatment without Medicaid

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Lewis always felt fortunate to have health insurance through his employer during the years he worked as a truck driver in Seattle and Olympia, Wash. Now 70, Lewis is retired and living in Walla Walla in eastern Washington, where he enjoys the sunnier climate and slower pace. But a couple of years ago ...

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After two cancer bouts, Laura owes her life to Medicaid

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Who knew that doing laundry would one day result in not one, but two, painful bouts of cancer? Laura, now 50, lives in Walla Walla, Wash., and for seven years washed her then-husband’s clothes every day. She had no idea that his work-related asbestos exposure would transfer from his clothes to her body ...

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Life after an unexpected catastrophic illness

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Sylvia took excellent care of herself with a nutritious diet and daily exercise. She was dating a great guy, Steve, a former Marine and fellow fitness buff. Life was pretty much ideal, until she suffered a massive stroke ...

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He depends on Medicaid for his very life

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My 70-year-old brother-in-law ran his own business for years in Washington and Alaska. Ten months ago, he suffered an accident that caused high-spinal-cord injury. He's now a quadriplegic. He will soon have spent down all his life's savings, and will depend on Medicaid for his very life – his respirator, his 24-hour nursing care ...

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A safety net to help a young family through tragedy

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At the age of 30, Jennifer was unexpectedly widowed. The future was suddenly uncertain for her and two young daughters, who were then ages 9 and 3. Six months earlier, Jennifer and her husband Lance were looking at a very different life ahead. They decided that she would pursue her dream of ...

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Medicaid helps a working mom-to-be

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A financial counselor reflects on helping a working mom get Medicaid coverage in Washington state ...

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Medicaid covers the gap for frail senior

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Mom will be 88 in December. Wow! It’s hard to believe she has lived such a long life. We’ve seen a significant change in the last 5 years as she began struggling with memory issues, and was finally diagnosed with dementia ...

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