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Monday, July 18, 2011

A Very Touching (Medicaid) Story

Sometimes you see a story that is so touching, so heartbreaking, that you simply have to share it. Last week, our friends at PICO sent out an email sharing the story of Marlene Kahn, an advocate from Missouri who made a touching sacrifice to defend health care rights for seniors, children, and people with disabilities.

Please read Marlene's story and get involved in the fight to protect this critically important program.

From PICO:

This week, you made more than 2,200 calls demanding that Congress preserve Medicaid.

On Tuesday Senators Al Franken, Sheldon Whitehouse and Claire McCaskill joined more than 300 leaders like you for the Medicaid Matters Across Generations forum held on Capitol Hill.

One of those leaders, Marlene Kahn, from Communities Creating Opportunity in Kansas City, Missouri traveled to Washington D.C. with a heavy heart, determined to tell Congress what Medicaid meant for her family.

On the way to the event, Marlene received an emergency phone call. Her husband Stewart, who suffered from Parkinson's disease, had taken a turn for the worse. His kidneys were failing and he was dying.

Marlene had a choice to make. Return home or testify. She decided to tell her story. She wanted people to know that she and Stewart just celebrated their 57th wedding anniversary. She wanted them to know that he was a hard working small business owner, a big fan of the Nebraska Cornhuskers, and a loving father and husband.

She wanted people to know that over the last two years as Parkinson's disease robbed Stewart of the ability to walk, dress himself or communicate with his family; Medicaid was their saving grace.

Medicaid allowed her to care for Stewart without placing a catastrophic financial burden on the family. He was able to receive care that the family simply could not afford.

Stewart passed away while Marlene was in Washington, D.C. She sacrificed her final moments with him to send a message that Medicaid matters. She hopes Congress is listening.

You can help Marlene spread the message. Call your Senators NOW and tell them 'Do not cut Medicaid to give tax breaks to millionaires, billionaires and big corporations' - 1 (877) 264-4226.

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