Amanda Sorrow:Medicaid Saved My Life
Amanda Sorrow is the mother of three very active boys. At age 30, shortly after becoming a single mom, Amanda was diagnosed with a brain tumor and developed a painful condition called trigeminal neuralgia. Debilitating pain left her in bed most of the time and unable to care for her boys.
After undergoing her first brain surgery, it became clear that Amanda could not return to work, leaving her without health care coverage. She immediately signed up for Medicaid and chose a managed care health plan.
Over the next several years, Amanda endured five additional brain surgeries and tried multiple opioid painkillers to reduce her chronic pain. Her managed care plan approved an experimental treatment that finally brought her pain relief.
Key to maintaining a healthy, pain-free life is Amanda’s nurse case manager, covered by her health plan, who calls weekly to check in on her.“That has meant everything,” Amanda says. “Psychologically, this disease is so hard, and it has meant so much that she would call.”
To Amanda, the care she received through Medicaid managed care has been life changing. “I’m no longer in bed all the time. Now I am present in my boys’ lives. It has given me my independence back.”