“By the time Mia was five-years old her health expenses grew to nearly $2 million”

Mia Daniels is a beautiful fifteen-year-old with Cerebral Palsy. She attends Cesar Chavez High School in Phoenix, is active in dance class, loves music, and participates in church activities.

“By the time Mia was five-years old her health expenses grew to nearly $2 million.  We could never have afforded the costs associated with her medical care. Thanks to AHCCCS (Arizona’s Medicaid), Mia receives the medical treatment she needs” says her father, Raul.

Raul, who is Mia’s primary caregiver,  retired early from a job he loved in youth development to care for his only child.  “Our family is fortunate” he says, “People don’t realize how much advocacy is required in caring for a child with a disability and because of my experience working in government, I know how to ask the right questions”.

Mia is one of thousands of Arizona children with disabilities who qualify for AHCCCS. Her father says “AHCCCS is more than just health insurance. Mia receives medical equipment, therapy, transportation services and more.” Mia flourishes in a life filled with love. She spends quality time with her parents and enjoys the company of many friends. In addition, Mia and her family are advocating for the creation of a youth center in Laveen for children with special needs.  Thanks to AHCCCS, Mia has the quality of life she deserves.

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