Not long after birth, a rare neurological condition forced Skylar Overman onto Arkansas’ Medicaid waiting list. There, she would wait for care that she desperately needs for nearly 10 years.
Her mother Lindsey Overman explains that Skylar suffered a stroke in utero, leaving her with permanent brain damage—a rare condition affecting only 1 in every 100,000 children. A prime patient for Medicaid coverage, Skylar was pushed to the back of the line when Arkansas expanded Medicaid under ObamaCare to able-bodied adults.
Since Skylar relies fully on her family for care, the struggling family needs the help Medicaid provides. From the very beginning, Lindsey fought for her daughter to get the life-saving services and medication she needs. “I’ve been her biggest advocate and her biggest voice,” Lindsey said. “I fight for what she needs because I believe she deserves it.”
Lindsey points out that if she quit her job and stayed at home she would receive more benefits. Instead, Lindsey is about to complete her masters program, seeking to provide more for her family than what the state would provide. After more than 3,600 days on the waiting list, Skylar was finally approved earlier this year.
But sadly, Skylar’s experience is not unique.
Nearly 3,000 Arkansans like Skylar are still waiting. Tragically, 79 Arkansans on the waiting list have died since the state expanded Medicaid to able-bodied adults.
And nationwide, more than 640,000 individuals are currently languishing on waiting lists while able-bodied adults receive benefits.
Watch this moving interview with Skylar and her mother as they continue their fight to help protect valuable resources for the truly needy.