By:  Ashley Bailey, Asma Khalid
Source: Radio Boston

Maine Family Will Visit D.C. To Fight For Medicaid

Congress has returned from its July recess and continues to debate health care.

It is uncertain if Senate Republicans will have the support they need to pass their health care bill. Some senators think it goes too far, while others think it doesn't go far enough to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.

The current bill could deeply impact Medicaid, a government health insurance program for the poor and disabled, cutting $772 billion over the next decade, according to the Congressional Budget Office.

On Wednesday and Thursday, a group of families who have received care at Boston Children's Hospital will be meeting with members of Congress to convince them of the value of a strong Medicaid program.

Among them will be the parents of 3-year-old Wesley Ethridge of York, Maine. Wesley was born with congenital heart disease and received a heart transplant at Children's Hospital.


Alicia and Will Ethridge, parents of 3-year-old Wesley, who received a heart transplant in 2015.