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Opinion: What the Affordable Care Act Means to Me

(Guest submission by Marisol Montoya from Las Vegas)

I am a mom. My son has had healthcare coverage through the expansion of Medicaid, and I’m very grateful for it. I don’t think we should take it away.

I got a divorce. I had a very abusive marriage, and knowing my son had healthcare coverage was one less thing to worry about. It gave me the freedom to leave.

There are so many things to worry about in that situation. Not having one more thing to worry about really takes the weight off your chest. When I left, knowing my son had healthcare coverage, I was able to have the flexibility to go back to school and get my degree.

My son is going to be four in October. After the divorce, he got a kidney infection. Through the Medicaid expansion, he was able to see a doctor, get medication, and get better. I could never afford his medication without Medicaid, since it would have been $700.

Without coverage through the Affordable Care and Medicaid expansion, I don’t know if my son would have had those same opportunities for a better life.
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Without this coverage, I honestly don’t know where I would be. My son is in Head Start, which was expanded because of the Affordable Care Act.
When you give parents the tools to take care of their children in the most desperate situations, you give them the tools and flexibility to be better parents. You give them the freedom. You give them an opportunity. And I don’t think we should take away the expansion of Medicaid.

[Read more on what the Affordable Care Act is and how it affects Nevada.]

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