Closing the Medicaid Coverage Gap - Inequality.org

Closing the Medicaid Coverage Gap – Inequality.org

Instead, I’ve done my best to manage my pain with over-the-counter medications like Tylenol and home remedies because that’s all I can afford. Even for these, I quickly use up the money I have saved for retirement.

I worry every day about what I will do when that money runs out, especially when the pain becomes unbearable and I have to make the difficult decision to go to the ER. Every time I go there, I have to pay out of pocket. These visits cost me at least $300, sometimes much more. With my savings dwindling, I know there will come a time when I can no longer afford this kind of last resort option either.

When I walk out of the emergency room, doctors send me home with referrals, urging me to see specialists so I can get the care and treatment my body needs. But I can’t – these offices won’t even make an appointment with me until I have insurance.

If Texas expanded Medicaid, I would be able to see these doctors who could help me fix my body — rather than just fixing it in the ER while I suffer painful, fixable issues.

I want to be able to see a doctor. I want to feel pain relief that is getting worse every day. I want to be able to work. I want to be able to take care of myself and improve my quality of life.

Close the Medicaid coverage gap, in Texas and everywhere else.

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