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Through its advocacy work to help expand Medicaid access, the number of insured in Illinois has increased by over 600,000 people – including Kelly Medina – while bringing in more than $7.4 billion additional dollars in federal funds for hospitals, clinics, pharmacies and other healthcare providers in the state.
They are just the resource Chicagoland residents like Kelly need.
While pursuing a master’s degree in social work, Kelly worked full time at a hospital as a bilingual care coordinator, helping patients figure out managed care insurance and coverage. Having spent several years managing her 14-year-old daughter’s Type 1 diabetes, Kelly was an expert in health care coverage.
But when the hospital eliminated Kelly’s job, she lost her health insurance. She applied for Medicaid but in Illinois, it was taking six months or more to determine eligibility.