Long-Term Care a Lifeline for Poor

Long-Term Care a Lifeline for Poor

Milagros Medina rents a room in a quiet subdivision on the outskirts of Lakeland. At 68, her arthritis, high blood pressure and chronic back pain are not going away.

And she doesn’t want to end up in a nursing home.

This retiree who likes being called Miss Millie tries to keep going by getting help with the chores most people take for granted. She says without financial help from Florida’s Medicaid program, she couldn’t afford it. And her health would suffer.

“A lot of people don’t get the care that they need,” she said. “I am very grateful to one of my doctors for looking into the system and helping me.”

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