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Becky, as she is often called, lives in Marianna with her son and Godfather. Becky cannot recall how long she has been on Medicaid, but she says that she has been receiving Medicaid since she was a kid. Becky, now 30-years-old, appears to be much younger than her actual age. Her teenage son towers over her 5-foot frame. 

Becky suffers from Epileptic Seizures Hypertension and migraine headaches. Becky started having seizures last year. She goes to a Neurologist in Memphis and to the University of Arkansas Medical Sciences (UAMS) for her migraines. She recalls that her last seizure was about four or five months ago. Her migraines can be debilitating at times. She is unaware of her seizures when they happen, her family members must inform her about them after they happen. 

Once a month she takes the local community health center van to UAMS for an injection in her stomach which relieves the pain from the migraines. The cost of this injection is $3200. Becky says she could not afford these injections if she did not have Medicaid. Additionally, she takes Amlodipine and Losartan for her hypertension. Since she is not employed without Medicaid, she could not afford health care for herself or her son in 10th grade. 

Becky has recently enrolled in GED Classes in Marianna. She walks more than two miles to the GED location. Marianna does not offer a lot of career opportunities for a Millennial, but she wants to become a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA). Although she can drive, she expresses concern about obtaining a driver's license due to her seizures. Her concern is not only for herself, but others around her whom she may harm if a seizure occurs while driving. She is hoping that her medication will control the seizures and prevent them from occurring so that she can live a normal life. Becky is determined to not let any of this be a stumbling block to her improving her life. Medicaid has helped her to obtain the care that she needs while advancing her career goals and not having to worry about the cost of medications and treatment. 

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