“My wife and I were missionaries. AHCCCS has been good to us.”

My wife and I were missionaries. We first came to Arizona to work on the Navajo nation, to help work on the communication system, working on transmitters. Our work later took us to Navojoa, in Sonora Mexico. That’s when my wife got sick. She told me that she thought she had broken her back. I found a doctor who was able to give her pain medications so that we could make the 14-hour drive back to Tucson.

When we arrived at the Tucson Medical Center, my wife’s pain was overwhelming. Sure enough, she had two broken vertebrae. But her condition was much worse than we ever imagined. She was diagnosed with cancer.

I told the hospital staff that I could make payments, because we didn’t have health insurance. The staff and doctors were very gracious and helped us to enroll in AHCCCS.

We eventually settled in McNeal, a small community of about 250, in Cochise County. My wife has since passed. We had a good life, we adopted eight children through the years, with a 17-year-old son still at home.

AHCCCS has been good to us. At 70 years old, I have diabetes, high blood pressure, asthma and allergies. AHCCCS provides the Medicare supplement, I can’t afford. AHCCCS also provides transportation if I need it, but I get very good medical care here at the Chiricahua Health Center and I don’t need to go to Tucson to see a doctor.

My 17-year-old is also on AHCCCS and it’s good to have in case he has any medical issues. I also have a 21-year-old, with down syndrome. He is living in a group home in Douglas, working full-time and getting the treatment and medications he needs through AHCCCS.

We are blessed!

-Dennis Stewart, McNeal, Arizona

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