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Meet Shelby

Written by Suzanne, Children’s Minnesota mom

Shelby, Children's Minnesota patientShelby was born at 23 weeks and 5 days gestation, weighing in at 1 pound 4 ounces. She was quickly baptized and rushed to the Children’s Minnesota neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) for immediate care. Shelby then spent 10 out of her first 12 months of life in the hospital, undergoing multiple surgeries and life-saving procedures.

I am so happy to report that Shelby is now thriving. Medical Assistance (MA) has helped us in so very many ways.

Having a child as medically complex as Shelby is virtually unaffordable even with private insurance. Exclusions in coverage, the fact that Private Duty Home Nursing is considered a “luxury” by private insurance, and lifetime coverage limits put in place prior to the Affordable Care Act that could easily be exceeded in one year’s time, make MA a helpful safety net to avoid a huge financial burden that could never be overcome. Shelby was born with a myriad of medical issues and Medicaid has literally saved her life. No family should have to choose whether their child lives or dies based upon their ability to afford medical care.

Currently more than 40 percent of Children’s Minnesota patients rely on Medicaid for vital care and services. Learn more about the role Medicaid plays in our ability to care for every kid here.


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Rachel Patterson