What Medicaid Means to Xavier’s Family

By: Office of Governor Tom Wolf

April 19, 2017

Today, we are sharing the second in a series of stories about what Medicaid has meant for hundreds of thousands of Pennsylvanians.

Xavier was born in 2011 with a congenital heart defect. At six-months old he had already reached his lifetime cap. When Jackie, his mom, tried to get health insurance for him, she was turned down over and over again.

Xavier’s family moved to Bucks County, Pennsylvania, where Xavier qualified for Medicaid.

Medicaid has allowed Xavier’s parents Jackie and Nate to care for him at home and send him to school. Xavier is one of 1.2 million children in Pennsylvania that receive health care through Medicaid.

Jackie and Nate didn’t plan to have a baby who was going to need care like this. But he’s here, and he’s thriving with his care. If Xavier loses his coverage, Jackie and Nate would not be able to pay for his care.

Like Jackie and Nate, the first thing many parents of a child with disabilities think about when they wake up and the last thing they think about at night is their child’s care and well-being.

Governor Wolf is fighting for these parents and the many other Pennsylvanians who wonder every day if their care will be taken away or what will happen if Washington doesn’t do something to make their care more affordable. The Affordable Care Act isn’t perfect — but Washington should be working on reforms to make care more affordable, not less.

Please watch Xavier’s story and see why Governor Wolf is committed to protecting quality health insurance for Pennsylvanians.

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