Maine Family Will Visit DC To Fight For Medicaid – WBUR

Congress has returned from its July recess and continues to debate health care.

It is uncertain if Senate Republicans will have the support they need to pass their health care bill. Some senators think it goes too far, while others think it doesn’t go far enough to replace the Affordable Care Act.

The current bill could deeply impact Medicaid, a government health insurance program for the poor and disabled, cutting $772 billion over the next decade, according to the Congressional Budget Office.

On Wednesday and Thursday, a group of families who have received care at Boston Children’s Hospital will be meeting with members of Congress to convince them of the value of a strong Medicaid program.

Among them will be the parents of 3-year-old Wesley Ethridge of York, Maine. Wesley was born with congenital heart disease and received a heart transplant at Children’s Hospital.

Guests

Alicia and Will Ethridge, parents of 3-year-old Wesley, who received a heart transplant in 2015.

Alicia and Will Ethridge of York, Maine will visit Washington D.C. on Wednesday and Thursday to speak in support of Medicaid. They credit Medicaid with helping them care for their son, Wesley (far right), who had a heart transplant in 2015. Photo courtesy: Alicia Ethridge
Alicia and Will Ethridge of York, Maine will visit Washington D.C. on Wednesday and Thursday to speak in support of Medicaid. They credit Medicaid with helping them care for their son, Wesley (far right), who had a heart transplant in 2015. Photo courtesy: Alicia Ethridge

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