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Letter: Expanding Arizona Medicaid program a life-changer

October 5, 2012
East Valley Tribune
Renee Newman

As an individual with multiple sclerosis and a support group leader in the East Valley, I know how devastating the past few years have been for some of my friends and group members. I have seen people who have had to stop using their medication when their Medicaid was cut. When confronted with feeding their families or their medication, they had been forced to choose their families. One of my medications, the one that slows down the progression of the disease, is $4,324.09 per month. If my insurance company would not pay for it anymore, I would be forced to discontinue using the medication that allows me to live a normal life. It is a horrible choice to make. Please join me in encouraging the governor to expand the current Medicaid program. In a state that is as great as Arizona, we should not force our citizens to make choices like this one.

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