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Michelle Foster

Silver Spring, Maryland

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Michelle Foster and her four-month-old baby, Anthwonnia, have both benefited from Medicaid. With Medicaid, Michelle received all her prenatal care on time, and, when she developed gestational diabetes, she was able to get the specialist care that she needed as well. Because Medicaid paid for Anthwonnia

Medicaid covered important prenatal care services for Michelle throughout her pregnancy, as well as the delivery of Anthwonnia, and Medicaid now covers Anthwonnia herself. Together, Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) insure one-third of children overall and more than half of low-income children, providing them access to needed care, including recommended preventive care and well-child visits, and vision, hearing, and dental care. Medicaid’s comprehensive coverage, with no deductibles and tight restrictions on cost-sharing, minimizes financial barriers to access for children in low-income families.

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For more information on Maryland’s Medicaid program and other data on health coverage, access and expenditures, please visit Maryland’s page at www.statehealthfacts.org.

She came out premature but now she weighs 11 pounds at three months old! – on her daughter, Anthwonnia