Tampa mom Alysia Peddy tells son's story in support of Medicaid

2:31 PM, Mar 20, 2013   |    comments
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Tallahassee, Florida - Alysia Peddy, a mom from Tampa, is making her voice heard in the debate over Medicaid at the state Capitol.

Alysia considers her family's medical situation a prime example of why Medicaid is working and should be expanded in Florida.

Her nine-year-old son Pierce requires between 15 and 20 hours of nursing care a day because of a traumatic brain injury.

The family has private insurance. It costs $2,200 a month but because Pierce's care is so extensive and expensive, the private insurance covers only a fraction of the costs.

Medicaid covers most of Pierce's medical bills and allows him to remain at home with his family rather than in institutional care.

Alysia brought this message to lawmakers on Wednesday.

"I want to let them know that Medicaid is important and it works and it's keeping our son home with our family, which is where we want him to be. I wouldn't be able to keep my son at home because he needs 15 to 20 hours a day of nursing care to keep him at home with our family."

State lawmakers are currently considering a proposal that would try to draw down billions of dollars in federal Medicaid funding to help uninsured Floridians get health coverage.