(Institute for Policy Studies) -- As a young mother doing it on my own, Medicaid has become a necessity.
After giving birth at 17, I re-enrolled in high school in my hometown of Austin, Texas. But I felt lost. I didn’t know how I could take care of my son—an experience that was entirely new and scary for me—and finish school.
Meanwhile, my son Futur faced his own health concerns. The first few months of his life involved constant visits to different doctors trying to diagnose him. He was struggling to hold down food, and no one knew what we could feed him without making him sick.
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At six months old, he was referred to a specialist who diagnosed his condition, and he was given new medication to treat it. Futur had his first birthday in January, and his health has dramatically improved since he received the proper medication.