Jacqueline in WisconsinWithout Medicaid Coverage, both of my daughters who where born premies, wouldn't have gotten the treatment they needed at birth to be healthy little girls they are today!
Working as an emergency physician for 20 years has allowed me to see the wax and wane of coverage and use of the emergency department. I practice in the Rust Belt. We see the same uninsured patients regularly. The emergency department is required by law to see all patients regardless of their ability to pay. It is not the place to go for long-term or primary care, but without a modicum of coverage, most of these patients cannot obtain medications and adequate health care.
At least as it applies to primary care, the A.C.A. has opened doors to obtaining preventive medical treatment. Repeal of the law would most certainly reverse the financial incentive patients have to seek care for chronic conditions outside the emergency room.
— Sarah Silver, Madison, Wis.
Without the A.C.A., which expanded Medicaid, I would never have signed up for insurance, and I would have been doomed financially.
In 2016, I got on BadgerCare, Wisconsin’s version of Medicaid. Last September, I went to urgent care with pain in my abdomen. I underwent surgery that removed a softball-size wad of inflammation from my intestines, including my appendix, and was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease. They also performed a bowel resection.
Without coverage, I would have faced $50,000-plus in bills for emergency surgery and medications that cost roughly $650 per month.
In the spring, I switched to an Obamacare policy. If I now lose that, my bills would potentially skyrocket. I work as a waitress in northern Wisconsin and frankly cannot afford much health care.
— Michelle Doolittle, Eagle River, Wis.
Judith in WisconsinLoss of Medicaid funding for the disabled students I work with in the school setting.