Teresa Wilkinson-Edwards:Medicaid Helped Bring My Kids’ Personalities Back

Teresa Edwards is a Medicaid managed care beneficiary who works two jobs and is the mother to three young children, all under the age of 10.

Her family is extremely grateful for their Medicaid coverage because it allowed them to access much needed surgery. For example, her 8-year old son recently had a tube replaced in his ear after experiencing a significant level of hearing loss.


Teresa has diabetes and her managed care health plan has made it easy and affordable for her to access her medication. She believes she would not be alive today if it wasn’t for Medi-Cal, California’s Medicaid program, because she wouldn’t be able to afford the care she needs to manage her diabetes. Her husband wouldn’t be able to get a job if they couldn’t afford surgery to fix his hernia, and thus pass a physical at work. And her 8-year old son wouldn’t be able to hear, which could cause him to fall behind in school.

Teresa says those exploring Medicaid managed care shouldn’t hesitate; it could be crucial to keeping their families healthy.