"Without Medicaid services, Tina would not have the opportunity to live at home, choose her life, become and remain independent," Mercedes Witowksy told the Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured of her 20-year old daughter.
Tina of Rockaway, New Jersey, is featured in Kaiser’s Faces of Medicaid, which documents the experiences of Americans who rely upon Medicaid and describes the many ways in which Medicaid assists them.
Kaiser had previously contacted ANCOR for the name of a provider to participate in a Kaiser policy briefing held February 7, 2011, on Opportunities for Long-Term Services and Supports in Health Reform. ANCOR member Mercedes Witowsky, associate director of Community Access Unlimited in New Jersey, was a panelist, along with Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services' Disabled and Elderly Program Group Director Barb Edwards and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius.
Witowsky did such a great job that Kaiser contacted her as part of a year-long project to collect stories and voices of Medicaid beneficiaries. Through a New Jersey Medicaid option, Tina and Mercedes self-direct Tina’s supports. Although the selection of Tina’s story was announced at ANCOR’s 2011 Leadership Summit: Navigating Managed Care and Other Funding Strategies in October, an online version is now available of this outstanding Kaiser document.
Congratulations Mercedes and Tina!Your story and voice make the point that Medicaid Values People!