Stories from California


Our health outcomes shouldn’t be determined by our zip code

Theo_ellingtonadult

California

Although most considered the neighborhood disadvantaged, some of my earliest memories are the classic ones – playing outside and walking to school. My mother and grandfather did a good job of protecting me from outside forces that come with low-income neighborhoods ...

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Working people with Medicaid coverage

CeeJShar

California

Shar Jackson and her mom Cee J are grateful that Medicaid was available after Cee J had an aneurysm and her work insurance did not cover much of the cost ...

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Life after a devastating car crash

Chauntal2

California

Just months after her 24th birthday, Chauntal Lewis was driving away from a friend’s house one morning when a semi-truck slammed into her car. She lost her left hand on impact and was rushed to a UCLA hospital, where surgeons tried for several hours to reattach her hand ...

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Medicaid rescues Stefanie after husband’s death

MFOMStefanie

California

It’s been a long, painful road for Stefanie who lost her husband, James, to ALS (also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease) in November 2017. She was his full-time caregiver for more than three years and also supported him during earlier treatment for cancer ...

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It was a relief to get the care I needed

MFOM_Adante1

California

Reflecting back on childhood years he says, “There was no silver spoon in my mouth. My mom worked part-time jobs to take care of my older sister and me.” The family relied on public assistance to fill the gaps, and on Medi-Cal (California’s Medicaid program) for health care ...

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We cannot keep our daughter alive on our own

Morris_MFOM

California

My 9-year-old daughter, Nathasha gets lifesaving care thanks to a California Medi-Cal waiver. She has a very rare (about 1,000 in the world) genetic condition which causes her to stop breathing when she sleeps. When she’s awake, she’s breathing. When she is asleep, she needs help to breathe. It’s a complicated medical condition ...

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Peace of mind for a healthy start in life

MFOM_RyanRochelle

California

At age 27, Ryan had already directed and produced several films. Their move to LA gave him the opportunity to learn more, starting with freelance projects. Rochelle found work as a first grade teacher at a private school for girls. Her salary was on the low side, but they got by. Neither had health care insurance ...

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