I depend on Medicaid to maintain my independence and health after 28 years with paralysis due to a spinal cord injury from a car accident at the age of 20. Aging is akin to going through the initial injury repeatedly every 10 years or so. Medicaid allowed me to work off and on for more than 17 years while mitigating the effects of my injury. I have recently had to transition to a wheelchair and without the Medicaid buy-in for disabled working adults, I would not be able to still be an active member of society. With Medicaid, I can see my doctor without having to wait until the first day of the month in order to be able to pay the copays for the frequent visits aging requires. Preventative medical care provided by Medicaid has eliminated my visits to the ER over the years for various falls and complications. Medicaid has allowed me to have a better relationship with my providers and be able to follow up on complications that would ultimately end in my being admitted for serious illnesses. I previously lived in a state without the Medicaid buy-in and I did not go to the doctor for preventative care because I could not afford the medicine or other therapies that prevented the complication in the first place. Medicaid has saved my life literally more than once. In the 90's, I survived a pressure sore that caused osteomyelitis and subsequent sepsis. Without that treatment years ago and Medicaid, I would never have been able to return to college and work the many years that Medicaid made such aspirations possible.