How Medicaid Rescued One from $50,000 in Medical Bills

Olivia Young writes for Business Insider:

I got through 26 years of life without ever having a medical emergency much worse than the flu. I never had a surgery, save the standard wisdom-teeth removal that nearly everyone underwent during high school.

That is, until almost immediately after I was removed from my parents’ health insurance policy.

It was like the lyrics of that Cinderella song, “Don’t Know What You Got (Till It’s Gone).” Growing up, I was always covered as a dependent by my parents’ healthcare plan, which allowed me to get annual physicals and anything else I needed (which truly wasn’t much).

Then, eight months after I turned 26 — the age when I, by healthcare standards, became an “independent” — I found myself in the emergency room with kidney stones.

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