Name: Shanitha

Location: Goldsboro, NC

Shanitha has worked at Trinity Day Care in Goldsboro, NC for five years taking care of infants. She has three children of her own, all of whom receive Medicaid. Thanks to the coverage, one of her children can receive treatment for a skin condition they have. Previously, Shanitha had Medicaid coverage too but, after obtaining a wage increase, was bumped into the coverage gap. Losing her insurance impacted her access to affordable medication for her scoliosis disease, resulting in her having to stop taking it completely. She also suffers from muscle spasms and has had to find ways to self-medicate, like using heating pads and Tylenol, but sometimes has to “toughen it out” since she can’t afford to go see a doctor.