More than 1 million receive Medicaid in Virginia – Daily Press

Medicaid is one of two government programs that provides health insurance for people who can’t afford it.

For Hampton resident Natasha Baker, it’s a lifeline that keeps her at work and her children in school.

“I’m not just sitting around — I work as a home care aid. If I could afford health insurance, I would pay for it. Medicaid is all we’ve got,” the mother of six said during a recent interview.

Baker works more than 40 hours a week at two minimum-wage jobs. When the 33-year-old or one of her children gets sick, the family uses Medicaid to pay for doctor visits and prescriptions.

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